Education & Workforce Development

Sampson scandal may repel IU donorsRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Based on 50 conversations IU Foundation President Curt Simic had with donors the week after news broke of the potential firing of men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson over alleged NCAA improprieties, the chief of Indiana University's philanthropic arm says he has little fear the latest athletic department controversy will affect financial support to the school.
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Uphill battle ahead: State poses tough test for new enviro leaderRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Chris O\'malley
By the time Jesse Kharbanda earned a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford, the University of Chicago student already knew he wanted to advocate environmental policies in the developing world, someday. Eight years later, some might say Kharbanda has landed in the developing world, all right-Indiana, insofar as it's considered the backwater of environmental stewardship. One might recall the state's 49thplace ranking in a 2007 review of "greenest" states by Forbes magazine. Only West Virginia-a national leader in illiteracy-scored worse....
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Music for All moves beyond band contests: $495,000 grant to help beef up fund raising, advocacyRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
For years, the Indianapolis not-for-profit once known as Bands of America built a reputation for organizing a series of regional marching band competitions that culminates in a national march-off here each November. In 2006, the organization broadened its scope through a merger with an East Coast advocacy group, marrying performance-based evidence that music education has value with research-backed efforts to keep school programs around. Now Music for All's research is making waves nationally, and the organization just landed $495,000 to...
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NOTIONS: A vote for new voices in the fine art of democracyRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
My sons Zach and Austin came of voting age in 2006. That November, there weren't many contested or competitive races where they lived (near Fort Wayne). Zach registered and voted, anyway. Austin didn't bother. Zach and I gave Austin a hard time about that. Last September, Zach headed off to college in California, while Austin and his girlfriend, Karolina, began their freshman year at New York University. A few weeks after arriving in Manhattan, there was a campaign rally in...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Why Hoosiers should shed distrust of referendumsRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Mike Hicks
Should Indiana's taxpayers vote on school construction? This seemingly simple question is a vexing issue for the Legislature. The debate surrounding the issue is surprisingly misguided and emotional. A few ill-informed editorials have not added value to the debate. Let me add a bit of data to the discussion to enlarge our understanding. Under Indiana's current system of government, no elected official reviews the complete budgetary process for local government spending. This, perhaps more than anything else, has caused our...
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VIEWPOINT: Cookie-cutter schools: a fatally flawed ideaRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Jason Shelley
What would happen if Congress passed a law requiring every U.S. statehouse to use the exact same building design? And that every city hall, every fire station and library must be built from a canned design? Imagine being told that, from now on, every house in the state would have the exact same design, so homeowners could spend less on design costs. It sounds crazy to think one design fits all, but that's exactly what lawmakers are considering for educational...
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Retiring baby boomers create openings for new gradsRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Students donning caps and gowns this May will find jobs aplenty, college career officers and others say. Some industries--like health care, accounting, engineering, computer science and sales--are more flush with jobs than others. But students receiving liberal arts degrees also are in high demand because of their well-rounded education.
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HIGHWAY to HEALTH: Trucking firm Celadon drives down costs with innovative wellness planRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Scott Olson
Truck drivers are accustomed to logging lots of miles on their 18-wheelers, but on their sneakers? They are at locally based Celadon Group, thanks to its "Highway 2 Health" wellness program the trucking firm launched in 2006. Prodding employees to lead healthier lifestyles is a way to help cut escalating health care costs. It's a challenging task for any corporation, particularly for transporters whose workers are strewn throughout the country hauling freight on America's highways. Sitting behind a wheel for...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: From economic perspective, immigration bill misguidedRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Mike Hicks
Few issues garner as much vitriol as the debate over illegal immigration. The dimensions of the debate are wide-ranging, but as with most aspects of public policy, they are heavily influenced by economic issues. Indiana has embarked on an immigration debate, so a bit of economics might be helpful. First, according to the most reliable recent data, Indiana is underrepresented by illegal immigrants compared with neighboring states. I have seen estimates of immigrants in Indiana of between 45,000 to more...
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Throttling up for big job cuts at Rolls-Royce?: Local impact of international job reductions isn't clearRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Chris O\'malley
The more than 4,000 employees at the region's second-largest manufacturer are waiting to learn whether some will lose their jobs. Rolls-Royce Group PLC plans to cut up to 2,300 U.S. and European positions. The British aerospace company on Jan. 11 said it plans to slash its work force by almost 6 percent among managerial, professional and clerical ranks. It blames rising raw material costs and the declining value of the U.S. dollar. First-half 2007 profits of $600 million were roughly...
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Mayor proposes city office to track progress of studentsRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Mayor Greg Ballard says the status quo isn't good enough anymore when it comes to educating Indianapolis children. So heis proposing what he's calling a big, bold idea in education: Provide help to every student who needs it, not just the ones who ask for it.
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Commentary: When money just isn't enoughRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Mickey Maurer
The other day, I was annoyed when I received a letter concerning my uncle's untimely death. The letter began: "As you know, our firm represents Illene Maurer as a result of the tragic death of her husband, Mickey Maurer, on Feb. 1, 2006. ... Mr. Maurer's death was as a result of an automobile collision that occurred at 106th Street and Meridian Street. "One of the elements of damage that Illene Maurer is entitled to recover is the loss of...
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IU takes statewide approach to life sciences pitchRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
J.K. Wall
For the last two months, two academics at Indiana University and Purdue University have been discussing how the institutions can work together to rev up research in medicine and life sciences and, in the process, boost Indiana's economy.
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VIEWPOINT: Improving health: more than a January fadRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Julia Tanney
As I waited in line at the cafeteria just into the new year, I watched the man in front of me. It would be easy to assume the salad and wrap station would provide patrons with a healthful lunch option. Yet I saw a generous portion of fried chicken in a spinach tortilla topped with a pile of cheese and several servings of salad dressing. The man might have started with good intentions, but in a matter of seconds a...
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Westfield hopes to draw business farther north: New development could reduce residential tax ratesRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Michael Dabney
Back when they arrived in 1996, there were lots of open spaces and taxes were low, Jones said. "Overall, it was a good place to live," he said. Jones said he still loves living in Westfield, which is 20 miles north of Indianapolis. But he admits things are changing, which is a double-edged sword. Eight years ago, according to the U.S. census, Westfield had just 9,300 people. Now, it's a rapidly growing city with a population of 24,000, an increase...
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NOTIONS: Will the change bandwagon ever roll our way?Restricted Content

January 14, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
On the presidential campaign trail these past few weeks, the dominant exit-polling insight seems to be that Americans are hungry for change. Voters have told interviewers they're weary of the direction we're headed, tired of the politics of the past and eager to forego the status quo. And so the presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat alike, have jumped on the change bandwagon, ridden it from Iowa to New Hampshire, and tried to explain why they've been, are, or could be...
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Few stocks avoid effect of housing, banking woes: Wall Street pessimism spreading across industriesRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Nineteen central Indiana companies have seen their stock prices fall more than one-quarter from the 52-week highs-a plunge that largely reflects pessimism over the strength of the economy. The pullback has hammered some of the top-performing Hoosier companies in recent years, including shopping mall owner Simon Property Group Inc. (off $46 a share, or 38 percent) and school operator ITT Educational Services Inc. (off $52, or 39 percent). Former highfliers often take the biggest tumble when investor sentiment turns bearish....
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Fellowship's formula could grow teachers: Indiana piloting program aimed at boosting math, science educatorsRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Four Indiana universities have been chosen to participate in a prestigious new national fellowship program aimed at increasing the number of math and science teachers while serving as the pilot program for overhauling education nationwide. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, of Princeton, N.J., selected Indiana as the first state for its program. It chose IUPUI, Ball State University, University of Indianapolis and Purdue University to launch the one-year fellowships and churn out the first wave of new teachers. The...
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Commentary: Community service is a public investmentRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Brian Williams
Greg Ballard's election as mayor of Indianapolis continues his admirable career of public service. Considering his background, it comes as no surprise that he is interested in reviving the "Front Porch Alliance." Through this historically faith- and volunteerdriven civic partnership, with a little imagination, Mayor Ballard could create a national model of community service. The concept of compulsory community service is not a new one. William James proposed national service in his 1910 essay, "The Moral Equivalent of War." He...
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Community education keeping up with business: Lawrence Township, other districts making classes more convenientRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Scott Olson
Thirteen years ago, long before the current commotion over escalating property taxes in Marion County, a local public school superintendent became embroiled in a similar uproar. Residents of Lawrence Township in 1994 challenged former district leader Bernard McKenzie to rein in what they perceived as excessive spending of taxpayer funds. He responded by creating the Lawrence Township Community Education Program as a testament to the citizens and their support. Today, it has grown to serve about 6,000 people annually and...
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Financial Planning Titles: A list of acronyms after an adviser's name might look impressive, but those seeking credible advice need to sort through designationsRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Scott Olson
inancial F Planning Titles A list of acronyms after an adviser's name might look impressive, but those seeking credible advice need to sort through designations Investing your money is overwhelming enough already-especially with all the available options-without having to fret over whether a financial adviser has the credentials to keep your retirement account afloat. Sure, there are a litany of fancy titles financial planners can earn that may help ease your concerns. But what do they really mean? With more...
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Schools bring business into the classroom: Students learn from CEOs, race-car drivers, othersRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
When Marian College asked racecar driver Michael Crawford to help launch the school's entrepreneur-in-residence program and mentor students about realworld business, he wasn't sure if it was such a great idea. "My hesitation was I didn't want to pursue it right away," Crawford said. "What happens if I go out of business? That would be embarrassing." But he decided to do it because he believes his experience as an entrepreneur is more realistic than anything the students will read about...
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Children's Theatre Institute getting its own stage: Space will host its plays, other performing arts groupsRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
After nearly nine years of moving from stage to stage, the Children's Theatre Institute is building its own 300-seat theater in hopes of becoming a hub for educational performing arts programs. The Indianapolis-based institute already has raised most of the $350,000 needed to transform 7,000 square feet of space at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center into a theater. Construction is under way. Our "vision is to do a full season of interdisciplinary performing arts in the space,"...
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VIEWPOINT: The trouble with public schools: Too publicRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Paul W.
The problem with public education is that it has become too "public." Back in the days when boards of education possessed all power over construction of school facilities, a few boards around the state were far too eager to build elaborate educational and athletic palaces when functionally and technically efficient classrooms were all that were really needed. The outrage from a handful of property taxpayers finally reached the Statehouse. (The outcry over a proposed football facility in the Carmel-Clay School...
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Late action complicates tax planning: AMT legislative fix may mean delaysRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Michael W.
Expect the early tax-filing season to be a little muddy in 2008-and a tax package already received by mail from the Internal Revenue Service doesn't mean you're off the hook. While many Indiana taxpayers are now protected from additional federal taxes for another year thanks to late action by federal lawmakers in mid-December, millions will have to wait until February to get tax refunds in the mail because of that congressional delay. On Dec. 19, Congress gave final approval to...
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