Education & Workforce Development

School grade oversight moved to legislative agency

October 18, 2013
Associated Press
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long approved the move Friday after the State Board of Education wrote a letter questioning why Superintendent Glenda Ritz has yet to release the A-F grades or teacher effectiveness ratings.
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Training firm Adayana seeks bankruptcy protection

October 16, 2013
Jeff Newman, Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based training firm Adayana Inc. said it sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this week after two years of unsuccessfully trying to restructure its debts out of court.
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Simon daughter honors father with $1.5M to IU school of philanthropy

October 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cynthia Simon Skjodt, the daughter of late shopping mall magnate Melvin Simon, is donating $1.5 million to the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in honor of her father, the school announced Wednesday morning.
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Former Star reporter to head new education website

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Chalkbeat Indiana will focus on Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indiana General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Editor Scott Elliott took the reins on Monday.
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District, ex-superintendent settle court fight over $1M payout

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township settled with former superintendent Terry Thompson, with neither side paying the other anything, according to Thompson's attorney.
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DePauw to revamp music programs with $15M gift

October 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Alumni Judson and Joyce Green earmarked the funds for helping develop professional musicians.
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Daniels admits judgment error in think tank speech

October 10, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels admitted Thursday he made an error in judgment by delivering a paid speech at a fundraiser for a conservative Minnesota think tank after promising to avoid partisan politics while at the helm of the university.
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Deborah Simon giving $100M to Pennsylvania prep school

October 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The contribution from the daughter of Simon Property Group co-founder Mel Simon is one of the largest gifts ever made to an independent school in the United States.
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Ritz expects GOP effort to diminish her authority

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's comments followed the first meeting Wednesday of a committee that was started despite her objections to set new goals for the Board of Education.
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Lawmakers end voucher study with few clear answers

October 8, 2013
Associated Press
Both sides agreed they could use more data on how the individual voucher recipients are performing. More than 20,000 students applied for vouchers this year, up from roughly 9,300 students last year.
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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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Pence promotes career training at NBC summit

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence touted steps to improve vocational training at NBC's Education Nation summit on a panel with two Democratic governors.
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Butler students learn by investing $1.2M from endowmentRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Butler’s 5-year-old, student-managed investment fund is believed to be the single largest such fund among colleges in Indiana. That big pot of money brings pressure on students.
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Celadon using free training to fight driver shortageRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The trucking firm launched its in-house truck-driving school a year ago to boost the supply of drivers and, executives hope, cut down on turnover, which is 98 percent per year at the company, mirroring the industry average.
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IU lands $6M contract to manage data network

October 3, 2013
Dan Human
IU's Global Research Network Operations Center now handles N-Wave, a nationwide computer network used for transporting research data.
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Education board won't change schools' grades

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's State Board of Education declined Wednesday to change the grades for a handful of schools following a review of changes the former public schools superintendent made last year to the grading formula.
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Panel leans away from Common Core, despite higher costs

October 2, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A legislative committee studying controversial Common Core education standards is likely to recommend the state create its own curriculum rules and testing program despite higher costs, the group’s co-chairman said Tuesday.
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NFL free-agent lawyer sets sights on NCAA

October 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
Jeff Kessler, an attorney who helped bring free agency to the National Football League, is about to focus on the unpaid athletes who generate more than $16 billion in college sports television contracts.
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School-voucher applications in Indiana double again

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education reports it received 20,047 applications for vouchers for the 2013-14 school year.
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State spending more on AP testing for high-schoolers, but failure rate is risingRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Jessica Contrera
The state plans to nearly triple its spending on Advanced Placement tests in high schools this academic year—despite the fact most students are failing them.
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Expert: 1-percent cut in recidivism could save state millions

September 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana lawmakers are studying the impact of a sentencing reform law the General Assembly approved earlier this year.
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Ball State president rewarded with pay raise

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Jo Ann Gora is getting a 3.5-percent pay hike months after her salary drew attention when deferred compensation and incentives pushed it to nearly $1 million.
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Pence balances party makeup on state education board

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is adding an Indianapolis Democrat to the State Board of Education following questions over whether the group had too many Republicans.
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NCAA restoring some of Penn State's football scholarships

September 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association said in a statement Tuesday that the university had made “continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity” in the aftermath of the Sandusky case.
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Purdue set to pay students who'll study abroad

September 23, 2013
Associated Press
Fewer than 20 percent of Purdue students participate in international study programs before graduating, and one of university President Mitch Daniels' new initiatives is to increase that to one-third of some 30,000 undergrads.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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