Education & Workforce Development

Scott Jones brings Lemonade Day to Indianapolis kids

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Launched in Houston three years ago, Lemonade Day aims to educate children from pre-kindergarten through high school how to start, own and operate their own small businesses.
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NCAA to expand March Madness from 65 to 68 teams

April 22, 2010
The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80-team and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four.
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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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ITT Educational posts first-quarter profit, raises forecast

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges pulled in profits of $85.7 million, or $2.46 per share, up nearly 44 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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ITT Educational altered test scores, ex-employee's suit says

April 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
Former director says he saw employees give passing scores to students who had failed entrance exams, raise their grades and alter their attendance records so they would continue to receive U.S. financial aid.
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Carbon Motors' prototype cop car is crammed with technology

April 17, 2010
Norm Heikens
Carbon_WatchVideoThe specialized vehicle can read license plates, sniff for weapons of mass destruction and see people and animals in the dark.
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Franklin College students turn fry grease into fuel

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College freshmen Jimmy Qualters and Drew Royalty took the idea to the college’s “Green Team” and sought out the used fryer oil in the college cafeteria.
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Cash-strapped schools eye full-day kindergarten

April 17, 2010
Associated Press
Many districts want to keep the full-day programs and say they're considering increasing fees to do so.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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IUPUI cracks top 10 in MBA program rankings

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Kelley School of Business' "Evening MBA" program at IUPUI finished 10th overall and fourth among public business schools in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural ranking of part-time MBA programs.
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Butler's Hayward declares himself eligible for NBA draft

April 14, 2010
Butler University star sophomore Gordon Hayward does not plan to hire an agent, which means he could return to school if he does not like his draft status.
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Study: Ditch reform, add public option

April 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
In poll after poll, calls for repealing the new health insurance law get strong support. But if the law were repealed, an Indiana University survey released this week shows that Americans want a surprising thing in its place: a public option.
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Education stocks rise as reports hint at looser rules

April 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares of ITT Educational Services rose 9.6 percent Tuesday, their biggest gain in seven months.
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Purdue secures $15M to expand cancer research building

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stimulus dollars from the National Institutes of Health expected to spark 30 to 40 new research jobs by 2013.
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Ivy Tech gets $4.7M energy grant to retrain 1,500 workers

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal money will help create programs at community college and Purdue University to offer skills in smart-grid technologies.
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Adjunct instructors organize at IUPUI

April 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Two problems come with prevalent use of adjunct instructors: a perception that adjuncts reduce the quality of instruction and the adjuncts' frustration with low levels of pay, security and benefits, and appreciation.
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Keeping Stevens key to Butler's fund-raising plans

April 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Assuring Stevens stayed in the Bulldogs' kennel is part of a multi-prong plan to grow the Indianapolis school's $11.2 million athletics department budget.
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Butler locks up Stevens with new contract

April 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The 12-year deal signed by men's basketball coach Brad Stevens extends his Butler contract through the 2021-22 season.
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Catholic schools get final OK to become charters

April 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council gave its official blessing to two Catholic schools in poor neighborhoods converting into secular charters; they will receive new names by fall.
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Obama, Manning, Letterman help Butler celebrate

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
From the White House to Main Street, the Bulldogs opened eyes and turned heads.
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Butler loses title game, but wins massive publicity

April 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler received so many visits to its main Web site, school officials had to beef up the computer system. School President Bobby Fong is commissioning a study to gauge the value of the publicity earned through the Bulldogs' run to the Final Four.
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Butler victory would mean big payday for school

April 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler BookstoreButler is winning the war of merchandise sales, leading the other three schools in the Final Four. A victory tonight, sports marketers said, would increase those sales fivefold.
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Interactive Intelligence taps college to connect with BlackBerryRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shortly after Interactive Intelligence Inc. decided two years ago to push beyond its roots in call centers and pitch its communications software to more insurance agents and money managers, the company ran up against a tricky hurdle: the BlackBerry.
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