Education reform

Program preps students to teach at high-need schools

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
Forty-five Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows received incentives to attend cutting-edge master's degree programs at Ball State, IUPUI, Purdue University, the University of Indianapolis and Valparaiso University.
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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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Indiana students to face 2 new tests next 2 years

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Major changes in the state's education policies will have Indiana students taking new, different standardized tests in each of the next two academic years, officials said Monday.
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Pence urges feds to OK education standards waiver

June 16, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The waiver allows Indiana to set different state standards for education without having to fully comply with the rules set by the controversial federal law.
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School catering to juvenile offenders gets approval

June 7, 2014
Associated Press
The city will be the first in the nation to open a charter school designed for youth passing through the juvenile court system and other troubled students.
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Outside group calls for audit of teacher evaluation programs

June 3, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Stand for Children Indiana said the teacher evaluations conducted last year were inconsistent and that some districts failed to conduct annual evaluations of all certified educators.
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Indianapolis part of new federal STEM initiative

May 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
President Barack Obama drew attention to girls' science and engineering accomplishments Tuesday as he announced a mentoring effort involving Indianapolis to improve and diversify the nation's technological work force.
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Indiana gives initial OK to new teacher license

May 15, 2014
Associated Press
The State Board of Education has given its initial approval to a proposal that would allow college graduates with a B average in any subject to earn a K-12 teaching license in Indiana.
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IPS, Mind Trust launch school-turnaround fellowship

April 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Education reform group The Mind Trust will pay selected educators $100,000 to spend a year developing plans and forming teams to improve the poorest performing schools in the IPS district.
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Indiana education panel approves new school standards

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Education Roundtable — co-chaired by Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and flushed with lawmakers, business leaders and education officials — means the standards passed one of the last hurdles before adoption.
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Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.
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Education officials release draft of academic standards

April 15, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The proposed standards for grades K-12 combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. State law requires standards be approved before July 1 for use in the 2014-15 school year.
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Small school systems dispute consolidation report

April 12, 2014
Associated Press
School officials across Indiana are taking issue with a report by Ball State researchers that suggests mergers of smaller districts are inevitable.
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Fight against Common Core not over in Indiana

March 29, 2014
Associated Press
Making Gov. Mike Pence's call for "standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high" a reality will take more than his signature.
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State nixes Common Core, but new model may be similar

March 24, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana on Monday became the first state to formally withdraw from Common Core education standards. A proposed new program is already being criticized as too close to Common Core.
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Common Core spawns widespread political fights

March 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.
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Lawmakers create an exit plan for takeover schoolsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
A bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year could help bring takeover schools out of their status as islands and reconnect them to larger school systems.
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Indiana House backs tossing national school standards

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 67-26 Thursday to nix the Common Core school standards currently in place.
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Technical diploma bill headed to full Senate

February 26, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A bill that would create a career and technical diploma for high school students passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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IPS among four districts receiving F grades from state

January 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
IPS received 0.96 points, on a 4-point scale, based on its students’ performance in the 2012-13 school year—just shy of the full point needed to earn a D grade. Still, IPS’s score was greatly improved from the previous year.
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Indiana charter school backers fret about losing movement's edge

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
State lawmakers inadvertently made it too easy for poor-performing schools to stay open, some advocates say.
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Educator starts business to simplify teacher ratingsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Jessica Contrera
Software helps administrators eliminate mountains of paperwork.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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