Education & Workforce Development

Bennett finds state-level work with ACT testing

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a Common Core test to state education leaders.
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UIndy receives $3M to launch MBA for school leaders

December 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
The goal of the education MBA programs is to equip school leaders with business-type skills to lead well-funded schools to compete better internationally and to help the impoverished students in urban and rural schools catch up with their suburban peers.
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Pence looks to expand education overhaul

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced an expansive education plan Tuesday for his second year in office that will include seeking approval for vouchers for preschool-aged children, extending more state help for charter schools and paying for teachers to work in low-income school districts.
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Pence set to give details of new school proposals

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will speak about those proposals in a speech Tuesday at Indiana's original state capital building in Corydon.
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IU seeks proposals for Evansville medical facility

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The university's existing Evansville campus serves students for two years. The new site would allow students to finish their medical education in Evansville.
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IU faculty question new legislative mandates

December 9, 2013
Associated Press
The head of IU's board of trustees says faculty need to accept that college standards are changing and adapt to stay ahead of the shift.
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Colleges go social in quest for young alumni donorsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Dan Human
University and foundation leaders throughout the state are trying to find ways to target donors 35 and younger, through online tools that could be critical to future fundraising strategies.
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Region registering impressive tech-job gainsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis’ and Carmel’s work forces were so lacking in high-tech jobs in 2001 that the void led to breakneck-speed hiring over the past 12 years as the cities caught up—faster than almost any other place in the United States.
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Endowment pledges $63M toward fight against brain drain

December 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Lilly Endowment will give nearly $63 million in grants to 39 Indiana colleges and universities to boost job prospects for their graduates, pushing the endowment's anti-brain-drain campaign to $120 million over the past decade.
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Lumina initiative aims to boost college grad ranks

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation's overall goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.
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Ritz: Power grab outlined in Pence document

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, released an internal document Wednesday that she says is evidence a new agency created by Republican Gov. Mike Pence is trying to undermine her.
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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.
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Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence agreed last week to bring in the national group after disagreements escalated.
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Lawson lauds $14M union insurance plan settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.
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School districts could recover $14 million in settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts which invested in a failed union health insurance plan could get back roughly half of the money they lost, if they approve the settlement.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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IU assembling plan to 'disaster proof' its campuses

December 1, 2013
Associated Press
The university is interested in receiving funding to move utilities out of bottom floors to mitigate water issues during a flood. Other options would be to retrofit buildings and create better refuge from disasters.
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Indiana robotics event aims to boost STEM interest

November 30, 2013
Jessica Contrera
Indianapolis Vex Robotics Competition is designed to buttress science, technology, engineering and math skills.
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Butler University's Danko seeks lasting gains from hoops glory

November 30, 2013
Sam Stall
The new president is seeking to build lasting gains from the school’s 15 minutes of hoops glory.
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National group will help mediate education board dispute

November 27, 2013
Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz met behind closed doors Tuesday and agreed to engage an outside group to help mediate disputes within the State Board of Education.
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Access counselor says education board didn’t violate law

November 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Public Access Counselor Luke Britt also warned in an advisory opinion that "final decisions are meant to be open and transparent," and urged the board and agencies to be careful about following the spirit of the state's Open Door Law.
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ITT, Corinthian face consumer bureau probe over lending

November 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating at least two for-profit colleges, including ITT Educational Services Inc., over potentially abusive practices in marketing and originating student loans.
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Pacers hire Disney to help upgrade service

November 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently entered a long-term contract with Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Institute, to polish customer service from top to bottom.
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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

November 23, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis firm that makes software for libraries has teamed with an elementary schoolteacher to improve kids’ reading skills by using books’ longtime nemesis—video games.
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Muncie OKs consolidating two high schools into one

November 19, 2013
Associated Press
School board members voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of turning Southside High School into a middle school and moving its students to Central High School.
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