Education & Workforce Development

State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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National runners-up come up winners in grad rates

October 24, 2013
Associated Press
Of the 10 teams that reached the BCS football championship game and the men's and women's basketball Final Four, only one finished with a graduation rate lower than 70 percent in the NCAA's latest report.
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Taylor University plans $20M campus center

October 24, 2013
Associated Press
The plans announced Wednesday call for a building that will more than triple the size of the northeastern Indiana school's current student union in Upland.
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ITT tops expectations despite falloff in profit, revenue

October 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
ITT Educational Services Inc. said new-student enrollment rose 5.2 percent in the third quarter, to 20,307. However, total student enrollment was down 7 percent from a year ago, to 60,997.
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Education board member seeks dismissal of Ritz suit

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A member of the Indiana Board of Education asked a Marion County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed this week by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in Indiana's ongoing education battle.
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Evansville suburb making pitch for IU medical center

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal calls for a medical education center that's being developed by IU, the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College.
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State medical institute snares $30M grant from feds

October 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A consortium of Indiana University, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame can operate for another five years with the grant funds.
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Schools chief Ritz files suit against state board of education

October 22, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed a lawsuit Tuesday that accuses 10 members of the State Board of Education of violating state law in a secret effort to undermine her.
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Ivy Tech trustee resigns over raunchy emails

October 21, 2013
Associated Press
V. Bruce Walkup resigned Monday night, saying he didn't want his "actions to overshadow the tremendous work of the faculty, staff and students at Ivy Tech."
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New president says Wabash College staying all-male

October 21, 2013
Associated Press
The new president of Indiana's 181-year-old Wabash College expects the school to remain one of three all-male colleges left in the country.
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Tech companies building a charitable nicheRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Dan Human
An emerging group of software companies focused on serving charities—combined with the fact the city is home to the only philanthropy college in the country—could make the area a hotbed for an often-ignored area of business.
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IUPUI seeks financial help to overhaul NatatoriumRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University officials are seeking $17 million to $20 million to upgrade the Natatorium on the IUPUI campus and are considering turning day-to-day operations of the aquatics venue over to a third party.
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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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