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Indiana lawmakers launch review of school grading scandal

August 2, 2013
Associated Press
Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday the creation of an independent task force to review the school grading system.
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Fate of Indiana school grading system uncertain

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
The American Federation of Teachers says Indiana should immediately suspend its A-F school grading system because of emails showing former schools chief Tony Bennett changed the grading formula to benefit a top GOP donor's school.
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Pence stands by school-grading system

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
Pence said the system is "an essential part" of accountability measures designed to improve education in Indiana.
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Review, resignation urged in Indiana grading flap

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana education leaders on Tuesday pledged a thorough review of the state's system for evaluating schools after a former official who now serves as Florida's education commissioner worked to alter a grade for a school founded by a top Republican donor.
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Report: Bennett changed GOP donor's school grade

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana school Superintendent Tony Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to ensure influential donor Christel DeHaan's charter school received an "A," despite poor test scores in algebra that initially earned it a "C."
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ISTEP disruptions had no impact on scores, review finds

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The report released Monday by the Indiana Department of Education shows nearly 143,000 students in grades three through eight had at least one part of their test interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline.
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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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