Education reform

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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State leaders vow transparency post-Bennett

September 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's education leaders are learning from the mistakes of former School Superintendent Tony Bennett, starting with their promise to spend more time crafting Indiana's new school grading formula and doing so in the open.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
Hoosier Academies and Indiana Connections Academy are both sponsored by Ball State University. Neither school came close to the state average for ISTEP+ scores last year.
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Bennett resigns as Florida education chief after emails reveal grade fix

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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State charter schools leader takes national job

June 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Russ Simnick, president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association since 2008, has taken a job with the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the IPCSA announced Tuesday.
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Indiana 8th-graders best most nations in math, scienceRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the same year the Legislature passed a set of sweeping reforms to improve Indiana’s public schools, Indiana’s eighth-graders were scoring No. 7 in the world on an international math test.
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Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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Howe toughest test yet for reformers of troubled city schools

May 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Thomas Carr Howe Community High School, one of four taken over by the state Department of Education, is being remade yet again. And this time it faces a slew of competitors in the education-reform arena.
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Fate of new Indiana school standards unclear

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative plan that would "pause" Indiana's adoption of a national set of reading and math education standards has the backing of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, although many questions surround what that step would mean for the state's classrooms.
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Bill would delay new Indiana school standards

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators prepared a compromise bill Thursday that would suspend implementation of a national set of reading and math education standards for a year while new state reviews are done.
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Bill to change school-grades system moves forward

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's A-F grading system for individual schools would be scrapped and implementation suspended on a national set of reading and math education standards under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday.
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Looser superintendent rules advance on tiebreaker

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license passed the state Senate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast her first tie-breaking vote.
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Indianapolis controller leaving for education group

April 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will lose its controller a few months before the 2014 budget is due to be presented to the City-County Council.
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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.
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Study: Half of county's students in 'high-quality' schools

March 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
A study by Chicago-based IFF found that 49 percent of K-12 students in Marion County are in schools that earned an A or B last year from the Indiana Department of Education.
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Group eyes vacant Illinois Street building for charter school

March 6, 2013
Dan Human, J.K. Wall
An educational group is planning to spend about $4 million to renovate an Indianapolis warehouse to open its first charter school in what it hopes will become a statewide network.
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TV ads oppose review of Indiana school standards

March 5, 2013
Associated Press
An advocacy group that supports Indiana's charter schools program said Tuesday that it's starting an advertising campaign to fight efforts to end the state's use of national reading and math standards.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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HEMPSTEAD: Indianapolis approaching important tipping pointRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sarah Hempstead
Confluence of trends, developments offer special opportunity.
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Mayor ups push to reform schools, hopes to halt family flightRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Concerned that a shortage of high-quality schools is fueling a loss of population in Marion County, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration and a series of community groups have drawn up a preliminary plan to help replicate the city’s most successful schools.
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