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Indiana panels OK teacher merit pay, voucher bills

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Two pieces of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education plan, a voucher plan that would direct taxpayer money to private schools and a merit pay bill that links teacher pay to student performance, cleared key legislative hurdles Wednesday.
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Panel OKs bill linking student tests, teacher pay

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Teacher pay would be linked to student performance under a merit pay bill that has cleared an Indiana House committee.
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Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor's sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.
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Advocates: Indiana can lead U.S. in schools overhaul

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
Education advocates told hundreds of cheering supporters at a Statehouse rally Wednesday that Indiana could lead the nation in overhauling schools.
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Indiana schools chief says education changes needed

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana's education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
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Senate panel considers proposal to expand charters

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Education Committee heard hours of testimony about the bill and details of a new study that found Indiana students who transferred to charter schools showed greater learning gains than their peers who stayed in traditional public schools.
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Indiana panel backs private school voucher bill

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
A contentious proposal to use taxpayer money to help Indiana parents send their children to private schools cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.
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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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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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