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Operators of takeover schools worry about funding

June 30, 2013
Associated Press
Private companies that were hired to run five Indiana schools taken over by the state for poor performance say they might not be able to continue because of funding concerns.
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District names three finalists for superintendent

June 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools has narrowed its search for a superintendent to three out-of-state candidates who have never served as the top leader at a school district before.
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Disparate Indiana pols agree ISTEP answers needed

June 16, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative panel studying why 78,000 test-takers were frozen out of the high-stakes exam test last month plans to meet Friday to hear from CTB/McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley on what went wrong.
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Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million is owed the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.
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Outside review sought for Indiana exam results

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Department of Education is seeking an outside review of the ISTEP test results following a series of computer glitches that will likely delay test results until July.
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Fort Wayne schools want 3rd party to review ISTEP

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district says it won't accept results of this year's standardized testing until an independent third party validates the scores.
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Schools face ISTEP+ problems for 2nd straight day

April 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
School districts trying to administer Indiana's required standardized test encountered new problems Tuesday that forced the state to suspend testing for a second straight day. The problems brought a hailstorm of complaints.
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Indiana State Teachers Association elects new leader

April 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Teresa Meredith, an elementary teacher from Shelbyville, has been elected president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, replacing long-time leader Nate Schnellenberger.
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Bill would delay new Indiana school standards

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators prepared a compromise bill Thursday that would suspend implementation of a national set of reading and math education standards for a year while new state reviews are done.
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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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TV ads oppose review of Indiana school standards

March 5, 2013
Associated Press
An advocacy group that supports Indiana's charter schools program said Tuesday that it's starting an advertising campaign to fight efforts to end the state's use of national reading and math standards.
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Senator pulls bills scrapping Indiana school grades

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
A bill that would have eliminated Indiana's A-F grading scale for individual schools has been withdrawn by its sponsor in the Indiana Senate.
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Panel supports scrapping Indiana school grades

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
A Republican-controlled state Senate committee agreed Wednesday with the new Democratic state schools superintendent that Indiana's A-F grading scale for individual schools should be scrapped.
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Bill that would shift Indiana voucher oversight advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's new Democratic state schools superintendent would no longer oversee the private school voucher program that she has opposed under a proposal approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled legislative committee.
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Mayor to take control of four struggling Indy schools

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana State Board of Education is handing authority over four troubled Indianapolis schools to the city's mayor.
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Indy mayor asks Indiana for control of 4 schools

January 31, 2013
Associated Press
The mayor of Indianapolis is asking the Indiana State Board of Education to give him control of four former city schools taken over by the state because of poor performance.
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Pence says he, Indiana schools chief have same aims

January 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's new governor and state schools superintendent are from different political parties but they seemed in agreement Friday on getting schools to focus more on preparing students for careers.
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Bennett applies to be Florida schools chief

December 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
After losing re-election in Indiana, state schools chief Tony Bennett has applied to be Florida’s commissioner of education, according to a statement released by his office Monday morning.
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New Indiana schools chief: GOP approval unnecessary

November 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, Democrat Glenda Ritz, said she can make some policy changes for the state's schools without needing the approval of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and governor's office.
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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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Ritz turns to D.C. in quest for cloutRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Politically boxed in at home, newly elected state schools chief Glenda Ritz is looking to Washington for some wiggle room to make changes to Indiana’s education rules.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Teacher wrath boosts Ritz to upset in state education race

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
In the shocker of Tuesday night's election results, teachers unhappy with Republican Tony Bennett's sweeping education reforms propelled dark-horse Democrat Glenda Ritz into the role of superintendent of public instruction.
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Superintendent race a showdown over school changes

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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