Education & Workforce Development

Goodwill to open four more dropout recovery schools

June 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
But further expansion is on hold because of a state freeze on new adult-focused charter schools. Lawmakers are concerned the schools are siphoning funds from K-12 education.
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Pence praises 1st-year prison job-skills program

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
A program aimed at teaching and training prison inmates skills needed to get jobs when they are released has led to more than 600 people being employed in its first year.
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State charter schools leader takes national job

June 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Russ Simnick, president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association since 2008, has taken a job with the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the IPCSA announced Tuesday.
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Marian has waiting list for very first medical class

June 4, 2013
Associated Press
Marian University in Indianapolis has announced it has reached its self-imposed limit of 162 students for the incoming class of its new college of osteopathic medicine. It will be the first medical school to open in Indiana in more than 100 years.
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IU summer enrollment flat despite tuition discount

June 3, 2013
Associated Press
The second year of a 25-percent tuition discount still hasn't boosted summer semester enrollment at Indiana University's main campus.
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Deficit threatens one-fourth of Ivy Tech's sites

June 2, 2013
Associated Press
Mounting budget woes and the need to deal with a $68 million deficit could force Ivy Tech Community College to close up to a quarter of its school sites around Indiana, school officials said.
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Summer basketball league has become big draw for NBA, college starsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Carlos Knox runs The Knox Indy Pro Am Summer League, one of only a few nationwide where basketball fans can find top college and professional hoops stars facing off against one another on the hardwood.
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NCAA overhauls bidding for championshipsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA is overhauling its event bidding format, and in June will bid out 500 championship events to be played over the next four years.
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Ball State proposing 2-percent tuition increase

May 31, 2013
Associated Press
The proposed increase will make Ball State's in-state tuition nearly $9,200 for 2013-14 and about $9,300 the following year.
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Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million is owed the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.
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Sallie Mae expects split to have 'limited' effect in Indiana

May 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The student lender wants to separate its education loan management and consumer bank businesses into two publicly traded entities. The firm is a major employer in Indiana, with more than 2,600 employees at offices in Indianapolis, Fishers and Muncie.
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New institute aims to attract 100 research scientists to Indiana

May 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
The $360 million initiative will be formally launched on Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence, executives of five major life sciences companies and officials of the state’s research universities.
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Outside review sought for Indiana exam results

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Department of Education is seeking an outside review of the ISTEP test results following a series of computer glitches that will likely delay test results until July.
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Indiana 8th-graders best most nations in math, scienceRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the same year the Legislature passed a set of sweeping reforms to improve Indiana’s public schools, Indiana’s eighth-graders were scoring No. 7 in the world on an international math test.
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Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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Fort Wayne schools want 3rd party to review ISTEP

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district says it won't accept results of this year's standardized testing until an independent third party validates the scores.
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Lilly Endowment's $3.4M grant to bring more teachers to Indy

May 22, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will use the grant to help support teacher recruitment and training programs such as Teach for America.
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Beleaguered former IU-Kokomo chancellor lands new job

May 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Michael Harris, who resigned from IU-Kokomo on Sept. 19, claimed he was the victim of a smear campaign by school administrators.
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Group claims Ball State prof teaching creationism

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a formal objection with university officials over an elective honors class called "Boundaries of Science," which the foundation maintains teaches religion rather than science.
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Purdue makes fast progress on tuition freeze

May 19, 2013
Associated Press
The school is nearly three-fourths of the way to reaching its goal of $40 million in savings or new revenue.
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Herff Jones acquisition to form $1B company

May 16, 2013
Mason King
Dallas-based BSN Sports will join the Herff Jones portfolio of companies and continue to operate as its own branded entity. Combined annual revenue is expected to top $1 billion.
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Ball State: 5 revoked charter schools lose appeals

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University has closed the books on its January decision to pull its sponsorship of seven academically struggling Indiana charter schools.
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National fraternities face more legal risk after court ruling

May 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
An Indiana appeals court ruling regarding the death of a Wabash College freshman may force national fraternities to take more responsibility for misconduct at chapter houses.
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Michigan doctor named dean of IU School of Medicine

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
Dr. Jay Hess was picked to become the 10th dean in the school of medicine's 110-year history and the first dean in the past five to come from outside IU.
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Indianapolis schools encounter more ISTEP glitches

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis students trying to complete standardized tests that already have been delayed by technical issues have encountered more problems.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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