Education Finance

ITT cash crunch has analysts raising spectre of bankruptcy

August 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services no longer has a margin of error, as it tries to dig out from a scuttled real estate deal, tightened rules from lenders and the feds, and its CEO's pending resignation.
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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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For-profit colleges tap GI Bill loophole for business

July 30, 2014
Bloomberg News
The so-called “90/10 rule” limits a for-profit college to getting no more than 90 percent of its revenue from the government. However, veterans’ and military tuition programs are excluded from the cap, and the colleges have aggressively recruited from the military.
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Sallie Mae spinoff Navient tries not to shrinkRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Navient Corp., which employs 2,300 in its Fishers, Indianapolis and Muncie offices, is in the running for a big contract with the U.S. Department of Education even as the student-loan-servicing company faces criticism after admitting it overcharged military service members by millions of dollars.
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For-profit educator closing 12 campuses in 11 states

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Corinthian Colleges Inc., which competes against Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc., said Tuesday that a campus in Indiana is on its closure list.
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IU students get more information, borrow less

July 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
A simple letter from Indiana University led its students to reduce borrowing by far more than the national average last academic year. Federal undergraduate Stafford loan disbursements at the university dropped 11 percent, or $31 million.
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ITT Educational says access to student-loan funds in danger

July 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc. said the U.S. Education Department may limit its access to student-loan funds because the company is unable to provide audited financial statements.
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IPS, Mind Trust choose school-turnaround fellows

June 26, 2014
J.K. Wall
The fellows will work to develop new approaches for struggling IPS schools, including concepts that focus on entrepreneurship and the Montessori method.
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New state incentives to keep quality students lack funding

June 23, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
A plan to keep top-performing students home in Indiana after they graduate from college passed the General Assembly unanimously earlier this year, but it could face trouble as lawmakers decide how to fund it.
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New law paves way for more adult high schools

June 20, 2014
Alec Gray, The Statehouse File
To get approved, a school must have programming that differs from a regular high school, has flexible scheduling, provides the majority of the instruction in the classroom, and offers dual credit or industry certifications.
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UPDATE: ITT's stock tumbles after report of loan losses

May 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. stock plunged more than 31 percent Thursday after it announced that it spent an extra $43.7 million in the first quarter to cover mounting losses on private student-loan programs.
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Purdue trustees OK tuition freeze for 3rd year

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The trustees' approval means students who entered Purdue University in the fall of 2012 will never see an increase in tuition.
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Sallie Mae, Justice Department in $60M settlement

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it charged members of the military excessive interest rates on their student loans, the federal government announced Tuesday.
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U.S. student-loan debt adds to growing wealth gap

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Roughly 37 million people in the U.S. are saddled with $1 trillion in student debt, a factor contributing to the widening of the gap between rich and everyone else in the country.
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Feds revise for-profit college rules after court block

March 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
ITT Educational stock fell Friday after the Obama administration said it has revised its regulatory package for for-profit colleges, rewriting a proposal that the education industry blocked in court almost two years ago.
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Plan would help pay loans for some Indiana teachers

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
The legislation would provide loan reimbursements of up to $9,000 for some of those teaching science, technology, engineering or math.
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Feds' ITT lawsuit built on reports from mystery shoppers

March 8, 2014
J.K. Wall
The shoppers, who were hired by the Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges, generated the bulk of the material cited in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s complaint.
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Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Lockheed Martin grants $6M to program of local ed group

February 18, 2014
The funds will boost an initiative by Project Lead the Way Inc. to expand science- and math-related curriculums in U.S. urban school districts.
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State joins plan to help students graduate with less debt

February 11, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Indiana is one of three states selected to lead a national initiative aimed at ensuring more college students graduate on time and with less debt.
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Pence gives $9.7 million in grants for STEM programs

January 23, 2014
Ben Vandivier, The Statehouse File
The grants went to 10 organizations working to help support teacher recruitment and training in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
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Purdue president seeks tuition freeze for 3rd year

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
Mitch Daniels said he plans to call on Purde trustees to extend the two-year tuition freeze for one more year as part of a push to make the university more attractive and affordable for families.
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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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Debt collectors brawling in courtRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
Todd Wolfe, the 41-year-old founder of Deca Financial Services in Fishers, is at the center of a legal feud with Educational Credit Management Corp., an Oakdale, Minn., not-for-profit that insures $35 billion in federal student loans.
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Operators of takeover schools worry about funding

June 30, 2013
Associated Press
Private companies that were hired to run five Indiana schools taken over by the state for poor performance say they might not be able to continue because of funding concerns.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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