Education & Workforce Development

City, state to scrutinize charter curriculum that questions evolution

January 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
A Texas-based education organization with approval to open two Indianapolis charter schools teaches creationism and Christian-based character virtues, according to an article by Slate.com. It has prompted an expedited review of the group's curriculum by Indianapolis and state education officials.
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Education group plans local expansion, 30 jobs

January 22, 2014
Project Lead the Way Inc., a not-for-profit education group that moved its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis in late 2011, plans to spend $1.7 million to expand its headquarters at The Precedent Office Park.
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Teachers could receive money to pay loans under proposed bill

January 21, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A bipartisan group in the Indiana House is working to give some public elementary or high school teachers $9,000 towards their student loans after three consecutive years of teaching.
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Notre Dame switching from Adidas to Under Armour

January 21, 2014
Associated Press
Notre Dame is ending its 17-year relationship with Adidas and switching to Under Armour Inc. with a 10-year deal it calls the biggest of its kind in the history of college athletics.
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New state law might idle school bus fleets

January 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A state law intended to make sure cash-strapped public school districts pay their debt could have an unintended consequence: permanently parking the yellow buses that deliver students to class.
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Indiana House OKs early childhood education pilot program

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.
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Senate committee passes cursive writing requirement, again

January 15, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
For the third straight year, Sen. Jean Leising has convinced the Indiana Senate Education Committee to advance a bill that requires schools to teach cursive writing.
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Bill would expand charters to more adults in Indiana

January 15, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 159, authored by Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, would allow the creation of new adult high schools and create an appropriation for the charter schools so they don’t pull their funding from K-12 funds.
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IPS among four districts receiving F grades from state

January 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
IPS received 0.96 points, on a 4-point scale, based on its students’ performance in the 2012-13 school year—just shy of the full point needed to earn a D grade. Still, IPS’s score was greatly improved from the previous year.
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Purdue president seeks tuition freeze for 3rd year

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
Mitch Daniels said he plans to call on Purde trustees to extend the two-year tuition freeze for one more year as part of a push to make the university more attractive and affordable for families.
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Notre Dame mulling new apparel deal

January 13, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
As its current deal with Adidas expires, the university is poised to sign an apparel deal with Under Armour valued at $8 million to $10 million annually.
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Southern Indiana school district lowers graduation standard

January 11, 2014
Associated Press
A southern Indiana school system has reduced the number of credits required for a high school diploma for students this year, saying its higher standard put it at a disadvantage with neighboring districts.
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Indiana charter school backers fret about losing movement's edge

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
State lawmakers inadvertently made it too easy for poor-performing schools to stay open, some advocates say.
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Educator starts business to simplify teacher ratingsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Jessica Contrera
Software helps administrators eliminate mountains of paperwork.
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Pupils learn to talk fast, sell well in auctioneering school

January 11, 2014
Sam Stall
Melissa Davis is a third-generation auctioneer and president of Reppert School of Auctioneering. She helps lead quarterly courses running 10 days straight.
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IU professors' invention tracks eyes to detect brain injuries

January 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Two Indiana University School of Optometry professors are tackling diagnosis of one of the most difficult medical problems facing sports teams at every level: head injuries.
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Bennett hires top-flight defense in ethics case

January 9, 2014
Associated Press
Larry Mackey and Jason Barclay are representing former state education chief Tony Bennett in his case before the State Ethics Commission.
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Ivy Tech plans to consolidate chancellor ranks

January 7, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College announced significant regional changes Tuesday, marking the largest structural reorganizing in the school’s 50 year history.
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Bennett state ethics hearing pushed to May

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
A hearing on allegations that former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett misused his state office to do political work has been moved from Wednesday to May 8.
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New owner IU set to unveil plans for shuttered Wishard Hospital campus

January 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The university wants to expand its health services program by using some existing Wishard space and tearing down other buildings and replacing them with modern facilities,
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Two plead guilty to Purdue computer hacking

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
The former engineering students were charged with hacking into their professors' accounts to boost their grades.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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NEWSMAKERS: Tony Bennett & Glenda Ritz

December 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
In November 2012, Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated Republican Tony Bennett in the race for Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction. But the two never stopped fighting each other.
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LOPRESTI: New Year’s Eve brings real break from past at Butler

December 28, 2013
This won’t be your garden variety New Year’s Eve. The ball drops at 7:30 p.m., not midnight, and it’ll be orange. This Auld Lang Syne comes with 3-pointers.
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Ball State-birthed big-top musical graduates to big time

December 23, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Circus in Winter," which began its theatrical life as a student project, is headed for an East Coast theater considered a stepping stone to Broadway.
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