Department of Education

Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.
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Indiana Democrats deal with education split

July 21, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The fighting has exposed a deep rift within the party over how students are educated.
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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Education board measures would curb Ritz's powers

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said Wednesday she would have her lawyers review a pair of measures from the State Board of Education that would reduce some of her powers as board chair.
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Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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UPDATE: Deal set in ex-schools chief Bennett's ethics case

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
Inspector General David Thomas filed charges against Tony Bennett last November alleging he used state employees and resources in his failed 2012 re-election campaign.
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Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million in federal "Title I" education funding that Indiana receives each year.
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Indiana students to face 2 new tests next 2 years

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Major changes in the state's education policies will have Indiana students taking new, different standardized tests in each of the next two academic years, officials said Monday.
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State awards $8 million in school-improvement grants

June 20, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The grants – funded by the federal government – are awarded to schools that demonstrate a need for the money and plan to use the funds to raise achievement levels.
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Pence urges feds to OK education standards waiver

June 16, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The waiver allows Indiana to set different state standards for education without having to fully comply with the rules set by the controversial federal law.
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State awards $9 million to boost school safety

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The funds will be split between purchasing new equipment for schools and hiring resource officers.
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Outside group calls for audit of teacher evaluation programs

June 3, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Stand for Children Indiana said the teacher evaluations conducted last year were inconsistent and that some districts failed to conduct annual evaluations of all certified educators.
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State education board taps former IPS principal

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Former Harshman Middle School Principal Bob Guffin is set to become the board's new executive director.
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Indiana gives initial OK to new teacher license

May 15, 2014
Associated Press
The State Board of Education has given its initial approval to a proposal that would allow college graduates with a B average in any subject to earn a K-12 teaching license in Indiana.
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Indiana: Feds delayed No Child Left Behind report

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Education officials said Tuesday that they expected to hear about concerns with the state's No Child Left Behind waiver last fall, but federal monitors delayed releasing the report until last month without explanation.
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U.S. education chief wants Indiana waiver updates

May 9, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked Indiana officials to provide his staff regular updates on how the state plans to address concerns with its No Child Left Behind waiver ahead of a June 30 deadline.
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UPDATE: Indiana education waiver could be at risk, Feds say

May 2, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's efforts to set its own educational course could be in danger if the state fails to correct issues with the implementation of its No Child Left Behind waiver, the U.S. Department of Education said.
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Some schools switch from online to paper tests

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
Fort Wayne Community Schools announced it has dropped the online version of the ISTEP following issues with a practice run last week, and Wayne Township schools in Indianapolis is also trading computer testing for traditional paper tests.
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State board approves Indiana's Common Core replacement

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
One of the first states to adopt Common Core standards became the first state to formally abandon the national benchmarks.
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Indiana education panel approves new school standards

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Education Roundtable — co-chaired by Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and flushed with lawmakers, business leaders and education officials — means the standards passed one of the last hurdles before adoption.
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Board member asks for old Indiana school standards

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
A State Board of Education member formally requested Friday that an education panel abandon a proposed overhaul of Indiana's education standards.
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Proposed Indiana school standards get mixed reviews

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Debate on the new standards comes as the state races to create before July new, state-written benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade.
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Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.
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School board members say teacher ratings fail system

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
Members of the Indiana State Board of Education said a new performance evaluation system failed parents, students and teachers when results released earlier this week found only 2 percent of educators are in need improvement.
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Bennett campaign ethics hearing further delayed

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett's hearing over charges that he violated state ethics laws was moved Monday to August as defense attorneys review thousands of pages of evidence turned over by the state inspector general.
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