Education & Workforce Development

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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Landmark Indiana gym faces talk of possible closure

September 23, 2013
Associated Press
Muncie school board members are considering closing the 6,000-seat Muncie Fieldhouse to save money. The gymnasium turns 85 in December.
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Butler's $2.9M grant to create new kind of science museum

September 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The university's Center for Urban Ecology will use the federal money to create sites along six Indianapolis waterways that will educate the public about the city’s water system.
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A-F panel begins work on new grading system

September 19, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Members of a new group studying the state’s A-F school grading system got to work Thursday with a history lesson of sorts that raised questions about the difficulty of marrying state and federal rules for education accountability.
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State ISTEP scores inch higher despite testing problems

September 18, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Hoosier students scored slightly higher on Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exams taken in the spring, despite computer problems that interrupted some of the exams.
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Former IPS chief White takes reins at Martin University

September 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Eugene White will assume the post of interim president after the departure of George Miller, who left just 18 months after accepting the top job.
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Dozens of judges to visit schools for Constitution Day

September 16, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The judges will primarily visit K-12 schools and most will distribute pocket-sized versions of the state constitution, the federal constitution and the Declaration of Independence to students.
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Too few jobs in Indiana for science, tech graduatesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana’s problem with brain drain is that its business community is too weak to offer enough jobs or high enough pay to keep graduates with the best money-making potential—those with degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and business.
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Purdue advancing $150M in building projects

September 13, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University officials are moving ahead with plans for spending about $150 million to renovate several engineering buildings and construct a new classroom and library building in West Lafayette.
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Senate Dems push universal state-funded preschool program

September 12, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said the benefits of preschool are too important to ignore for Indiana to remain one of 10 states that doesn’t put state funding into the programs.
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Democrat calls for investigation of Bennett lists

September 12, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana's Senate Democratic leader called for an investigation Thursday after fundraising lists for former state schools chief Tony Bennett were discovered on state computers.
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Fundraiser lists, emails raise Bennett questions

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett faces scrutiny over the discovery of lists of Republican fundraisers on Department of Education servers and emails he sent directing staff to dissect a speech by Democrat Glenda Ritz.
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Donor gives $3M to Purdue's history department

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University says it will create two endowed professorships in the history of science and medicine after a $3 million donation to its history department.
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NCAA football restructuring seen inevitable by ADs

September 11, 2013
Bloomberg News
The richest college football programs almost certainly will be allowed to spend more money on athletes once the NCAA rewrites rules in the coming months, according to a panel of sports administrators and marketers.
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Purdue uncorks web series on Indiana wine industry

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Series organizer Natalie van Hoose says "Indiana's wine industry may be small, but it's really quite remarkable."
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

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