Education & Workforce Development

Lawmakers debate education standards, testing

September 11, 2013
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
New college and career-ready assessments will gradually replace ISTEP, schools chief Glenda Ritz said at a legislative study committee meeting. But whether those assessments will be based on the controversial Common Core standards is still unclear.
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Indiana University shifting 50 jobs to temp agency

September 10, 2013
Associated Press
The move is partly being made to avoid having to add those workers to the IU health insurance plan as required by the federal health care overhaul.
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Scores from ISTEP ready for parents of students

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education released ISTEP scores Monday to the families of students, but is still working on tallies for schools and school districts.
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Rose-Hulman starts new year of homework hotline

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
A free tutoring service that has helped thousands of middle and high school students for the past 22 years is coming off a record-setting year.
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Indiana State gives permission for company to drill

September 8, 2013
Associated Press
The university in Terre Haute has given permission for Pioneer Oil of Lawrenceville, Ill., to drill on university-owned land.
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State leaders vow transparency post-Bennett

September 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's education leaders are learning from the mistakes of former School Superintendent Tony Bennett, starting with their promise to spend more time crafting Indiana's new school grading formula and doing so in the open.
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New school to anchor Central State projectRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The first new non-residential building at the former Central State Hospital campus, at the corner of West Washington Street and Tibbs Avenue, will be a charter school. Christel House Academy West broke ground last month on about nine acres donated by the city.
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UPDATE: Review of A-F system finds no special treatment

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative review has found former Indiana state schools superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grade for a charter school as a matter of "quality control." The findings say the Christel House school in Indianapolis didn't receive special treatment.
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Indiana University sets statewide enrollment mark

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
IU reports record number of students at its regional campuses in Richmond, Kokomo and Gary. The largest campuses are Bloomington with 42,327 students and IUPUI in Indianapolis with 30,488 students.
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More than 1,300 ISTEP test results to be tossed

September 5, 2013
 The Statehouse File
When ISTEP scores are released next week, parents and teachers will be able to easily identify whether a student’s exam was interrupted during last spring’s testing period and whether the results are valid.
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Football powers seek leeway with NCAA to flex muscle

September 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
College sports’ governing body probably will consider new rules in the coming months that allow the most powerful football programs to spend more on their athletes, while giving poorer programs the option to adopt them.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Daniels' push to cut costs, create metrics faces skepticism at PurdueRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
J.K. Wall
The former governor wants to change the rules of higher education. But first he must convince skeptical professors that his plans aren’t just politics, but actually good for Purdue.
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IU prof's study suggests putting shareholders on the lineRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Despite tougher federal laws aimed at curbing executive malfeasance, a study by an Indiana University professor advocates making shareholders more responsible for watching management—or facing financial penalties themselves.
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Panel to make recommendations for grading system

August 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State leaders have created another new education panel – this one to help develop an A-F grading system to replace one that has come under fire following accusations it was adjusted to help a specific school.
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Indiana chooses new test to replace GED

August 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state plans to hire the company that struggled to administer this year’s ISTEP test to provide a high school equivalency exam that will replace the one in use for decades.
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ISTEP results delayed again; target now Sept. 9

August 27, 2013
Associated Press
The release of the results of ISTEP tests taken by Indiana students this spring is being delayed further.
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Butler’s $4M parking project coming to close

August 27, 2013
Scott Olson
The private university is slated to finish improvements soon to 90 acres of land it owns west of the Central Canal that should help alleviate parking problems and give the public better access to the waterway.
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Kelley School expands executive degree programs

August 26, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is expanding its certificate programs for executives, combining noncredit webinars, for-credit certificates, and graduate degrees into a single educational program, mostly for corporate clients.
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Debt collectors brawling in courtRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
Todd Wolfe, the 41-year-old founder of Deca Financial Services in Fishers, is at the center of a legal feud with Educational Credit Management Corp., an Oakdale, Minn., not-for-profit that insures $35 billion in federal student loans.
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Pence says new agency to help students find work

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he's creating a new state agency that will gear public education to better meet the needs of employers, a move that the state's top public education official said she was not consulted on.
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Youth camp suing to block planned hog farm

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half-mile from the 600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.
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Pence aide leaving post, had role in grade scandal

August 19, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist, Heather Neal, who was chief of staff to former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett last year, will join Limestone Strategies as president of its public affairs practice.
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Summertime and the reading is easy and prize-worthyRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s summer reading program attracted almost 60,000 participants this year—the most since 2004.
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Martin University president making quick exit

August 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The school announced that George Miller has accepted another opportunity after just 18 months on the job.
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