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. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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