Education Finance

The Interview Issue: Tony Bennett

September 27, 2014
J.K. Wall
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett helped push through monumental changes in Indiana education policies. But teachers revolted against Bennett, leading to his stunning re-election loss in 2012.
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Council Dems say they're pushing preschool debate into 2016

September 23, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
City-County Council President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth said children could be served next year by the state’s much smaller pilot program, which will reach nearly 800 economically disadvantaged four-year-olds in Marion County.
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ITT shares plunge 35 percent after SEC threatens action

September 19, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. dodged a bullet from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a securities filing issued Friday morning, but now faces a new threat: a potential enforcement action from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
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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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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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