Department of Education

Bill would send taxpayer cash to private schools

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will start the debate Tuesday on the most controversial plank of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education platform: a plan to use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools
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Indiana teachers rally against GOP education plan

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
More than 1,000 Indiana teachers swarmed the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for a rowdy rally denouncing the sweeping education proposals moving through the Republican-dominated state House and Senate.
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Charter school's nimble approach could become the norm

January 29, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School implemented a school-wide overhaul in its educational approach in only three months. The charter school might be the face of the future for all Indiana public schools.
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Class size takes back seat in education debate

January 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
In his State of the State address, Gov. Mitch Daniels called class size "virtually meaningless" in determining which kids succeed.
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Advocates say most Hoosiers want school changes

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
Advocates met at the Statehouse Monday to push education proposals that have renewed life during this legislative session because of support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate.
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Schools chief, union head recruit mentors for children

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
State school superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican, and the leader of Indiana's largest teachers union made a rare joint appearance Tuesday to promote a mentoring program.
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Governor wants revamped teacher evaluations

December 31, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and state schools superintendent Tony Bennett say Indiana needs a more honest look at the job teachers and principals are doing.
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Governor's education agenda includes vouchers

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent Tony Bennett pitched their ideas Wednesday to Indiana's Education Roundtable, a group of education and business leaders.
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State memo: Schools won't see more budget cuts

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Memo from Superintendent Tony Bennett to district administrators says there are "no current plans for reductions"
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Three-quarters of state high schools miss standards

November 23, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's top education official says the latest performance statistics show schools are failing students once they reach high school.
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How hard is it to fire a teacher, really?

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Red tape involved in firing teachers is thick. But risk-averse administrators may be the bigger problem.
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Local school district gets $12M magnet school grant

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Schools is the only school system in Indiana and one of just 36 nationwide receiving the grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Court delays hearing on Indiana school funding lawsuit

September 14, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming the school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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Education Roundtable hires former union lobbyist as director

July 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dan Clark will direct efforts to coordinate and align Indiana’s K-12 and postsecondary educational systems, as well as work force agencies like the Department of Workforce Development.
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State selects Marian to train turnaround leaders

July 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Department of Education has awarded Marian University a $500,000 contract to operate a Turnaround Leadership Academy, designed to train school leaders who can lead rapid improvements at struggling schools.
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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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Other states join Indiana in spurning grant program

May 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others including Indiana are opting out of trying a second time.
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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators.
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Indiana out in first phase of 'Race to the Top' grants

March 5, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana has missed out in the first round of the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" competition, which will deliver $4.35 billion in school-reform grants.
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Schools decry funding disparity in lawsuit

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern will see its per-pupil spending of $5,000 drop about $100 in 2010 despite a projected 900-student increase, the lawsuit says. Indianapolis Public Schools, which has lost more than 1,000 students a year for the last five years, will receive $7,500 per student in 2010.
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Growing Indiana schools districts suing over funding

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern, Franklin Township and Middlebury Community Schools of Elkhart County say the school-funding formula unfairly penalizes districts with growing enrollments.
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