Education & Workforce Development

Board ponders new Indiana school 'A-F' grades

October 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana education leaders inched closer Wednesday to approving a new system for grading the state's schools, nearly a year after a secret overhaul of the school-grading formula by then-Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett was revealed.
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Purdue, Indiana State receive U.S. innovation grants

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue and Indiana State universities are among 24 colleges and universities receiving grants from the Education Department to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.
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The Interview Issue: Mitch Daniels

September 27, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mitch Daniels wants to grow Purdue University's enrollment, a reversal of the mindset he had when he stepped into the presidency in 2013.
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Indiana unemployment agency wins anti-fraud grant

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is receiving nearly $1.5 million from the federal government to help catch those who collect unemployment payments while still working.
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Purdue incentive compensation undecided for Daniels

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
The former Indiana governor's five-year contract with Purdue gives him a $420,000 annual base salary. He can also receive 30 percent more, or $126,000, based on bonuses.
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Program gets $1 million federal grant to mentor ex-cons

September 26, 2014
Associated Press
Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. said Thursday the program will serve 250 adults being released from prison and jail and re-entering society in Indianapolis and surrounding Boone, Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton and Morgan counties.
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Indiana preschool pilot to begin in 4 counties

September 24, 2014
Associated Press
Four urban Indiana counties selected for a state-funded preschool pilot program will launch it in early 2015, officials said Wednesday during a day of meetings among state and local officials and educators.
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New IPS teacher contract includes performance bonuses

September 24, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
Under the pact approved by the school board Tuesday, teachers who were rated “effective” last fall can earn a $1,500 one-time bonus.
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Purdue: More students staying in, finishing school

September 23, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue says the increased success rates are due largely to efforts at recruiting and providing financial aid for students who are prepared for the school's academic challenges.
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Council Dems say they're pushing preschool debate into 2016

September 23, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
City-County Council President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth said children could be served next year by the state’s much smaller pilot program, which will reach nearly 800 economically disadvantaged four-year-olds in Marion County.
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HOHMANN: Whatever happened to the fab 16 Tech?

September 20, 2014
Abbe Hohmann / Special to IBJ
Strong leadership is needed for the urban Indianapolis tech park to hit its high potential.
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NFP of NOTE: Teachers’ Treasures

September 20, 2014
Teachers' Treasures helps at-risk children get the materials they need to succeed in school by providing teachers with donated educational supplies for use by the students in their classroom.
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ITT shares plunge 35 percent after SEC threatens action

September 19, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. dodged a bullet from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a securities filing issued Friday morning, but now faces a new threat: a potential enforcement action from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
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Indiana could be top state for school vouchers

September 19, 2014
 Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat Indiana
Preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Education shows 29,437 Indiana children applied for vouchers this year.
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State unemployment rate slips to 5.8 percent

September 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana lost 2,600 private-sector jobs in August despite more big gains in manufacturing-sector employment, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning.
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Effort to unify Marion County school calendars fails

September 17, 2014
 Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat Indiana
A major barrier was the fact that different local unions represent the teachers in different districts, and those union contracts didn’t match up in a variety of ways.
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Purdue set to dedicate new engineering hall

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University on Friday plans to dedicate a new $39 million engineering building the school hopes can help meet the nation's growing demand for engineers.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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IU to provide business classes tailored to NFL players

September 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The National Football League Players Association this month launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Lilly execs make pitch for local preschool education

September 12, 2014
Jared Council
Eli Lilly and Co. executives on Friday repeated their plea to local businesses to support early childhood education, highlighting the work force development and crime-reduction benefits associated with the effort.
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Democrats raise doubts about Ballard’s preschool plan

September 11, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat indiana
Funding concerns involving the homestead credit have prompted work on an alternative plan that Democrats expect to unveil soon.
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Ball State AD leaving for Marquette University

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Bill Scholl joined Ball State in April 2012 after he spent 23 years in athletics administration at the University of Notre Dame, including the last three as deputy athletic director.
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School of Philanthropy at IUPUI appoints new dean

September 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
Indiana University has found a successor to Gene Tempel, who is set to step down as dean of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. The position will be funded through the newly created Eugene R. Tempel Deanship.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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