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Indiana voucher program leads to reverse transfers

November 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's new school voucher law has prompted some parents to pull their children out of private schools and put them in public schools for a year so that they can become eligible for the state-funded program.
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Indiana school district that ended bus routes faces lawsuit

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis parent is suing Franklin Township schools over its decision to stop running school buses. The district this summer sold its buses to an education cooperative that now charges for transportation.
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Indy Schools chief demands charter investigation

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent wants the state to investigate charter schools that he claims break federal and state laws by turning away homeless and disabled students, a charge the president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association denies.
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Indiana schools chief says he has fences to mend

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said during a Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce forum on Tuesday that he understands the changes he has advocated make many teachers and other uncomfortable.
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IPS losing ground as state's biggest school district

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's two largest school districts both say they've seen small enrollment drops, with No. 2 Fort Wayne Community Schools inching closer in size to No. 1 Indianapolis Public Schools.
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Indiana schools chief lauds overhaul in annual speech

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett used his second annual assessment of the state's education system to promote a sweeping overhaul approved this year.
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Indiana Board of Education OKs takeovers of 5 schools

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
Private companies will take over five public schools that a state official called in "various stages of dire situations" after the State Board of Education made the recommendation Monday because of poor classroom performance.
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Bennett endorses private operators for 4 IPS schools

August 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's public schools chief wants two outside organizations to take over operation of four troubled Indianapolis schools.
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Judge denies request to block state voucher program

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be upheld.
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Indiana voucher program sees 2,200 students enlist

August 8, 2011
Associated Press
The Department of Education began accepting applications to its broad-sweeping new school voucher program a month ago. Since then, 2,230 students have been accepted into the program
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Indiana schools chief suggests grades for districts

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's public education chief wants to start giving school districts letter grades on an A-to-F scale to hold them accountable for how their schools perform.
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Charter school trying to build on test-score progressRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indy Met's structured approach helped more students pass algebra, English exams. Now many say the school should work on solidifying its gains.
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Critics knock school superintendent pay-cap idea

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The suggestion that Indiana lawmakers impose a limit on the pay for school district superintendents doesn't seem to have much support.
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ISTA says new teacher contract forms violate state law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association is asking a judge to block state education officials from putting new teacher contract forms for the 2011-2012 school year into use.
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State names potential turnaround operators for failing schools

July 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New York-based EdisonLearning, Florida-based Charters Schools USA Inc. and Indianapolis-based EdPower could be given control of one or more of the seven schools judged failing by the state.
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Pro-voucher mom defends Indiana choice program

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
A woman who says her oldest child thrived in Roman Catholic schools after struggling in Indiana's public education system defended the state's broad new voucher law.
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School voucher program draws early interest

July 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About 385 families have requested state tuition assistance at private schools since July 11, when the Indiana Department of Education started accepting applications for its new voucher program.
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UPDATE: Teachers, others sue over school voucher law

July 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association filed the lawsuit in Marion County on Friday seeking to block the state's new school voucher law. Plaintiffs include teachers, school administrators, clergy and taxpayers.
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Did Mayor Ballard jump gun on charter closure?Restricted Content

June 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
An Indianapolis charter school marked for closure by Mayor Greg Ballard posted huge gains in ISTEP scores this year, and school leaders plan to ask Ballard to reconsider his decision.
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Ex-charter school teacher to lead school effort

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's education chief has appointed a former charter school teacher to lead the state's efforts to turn around 18 chronically failing schools.
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State paying MindTrust to develop IPS alternativesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Department of Education is paying more than $680,000 to The MindTrust, a locally based not-for-profit, to develop other ways to oversee troubled schools than the traditional elected school board.
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High schools still track students after graduationRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Even after 45 seniors from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School grabbed their diplomas and threw their mortar boards at a June 4 commencement, they knew they wouldn’t lose touch with their school. It’s not allowed at Indy Met.
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Impact of new Indiana voucher law may not be felt for yearsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Parents, schools need time to sift details, experts say.
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Indiana edges toward education guaranteesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
The state is moving to adopt a system that ensures more high school graduates can perform in college or on the job.
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Ballard to ask for control of IPS schools facing state takeover

June 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also reiterated his opposition to mayoral control over all of IPS, which some local leaders have pushed for recently. He called that idea “premature.”
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