Education reform

LEADING QUESTIONS: Mind Trust CEO takes stock of IPS reform proposal

January 11, 2013
Mason King
LQ_David_Harris_mind_Trust_WatchVideoWhat exactly does The Mind Trust do? What happened to its report on remaking IPS? Do you need teaching experience to reform education? David Harris has answers.
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Indiana lawmakers seek decentralized school choices

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
Two Republican state senators announced Wednesday they will push measures to decentralize school leadership in Indiana and pull the state out of a national education initiative.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: School librarian Ritz won with grass-roots campaign

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Glenda Ritz pulled off a David-versus-Goliath victory to unseat Republican Tony Bennett as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.
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Indy school district gets $29M federal grant

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Education Department says the Warren Township school district is expected to receive about $29 million from the federal Race to the Top competition.
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Seven more charter schools on tap for Indianapolis

December 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard’s office has approved seven more charters—more than half as many as he approved in his previous five years in office.
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Bennett applies to be Florida schools chief

December 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
After losing re-election in Indiana, state schools chief Tony Bennett has applied to be Florida’s commissioner of education, according to a statement released by his office Monday morning.
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New Indiana schools chief: GOP approval unnecessary

November 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, Democrat Glenda Ritz, said she can make some policy changes for the state's schools without needing the approval of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and governor's office.
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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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MORRIS: Tony Bennett took one for the teamRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Morris
I’m worried the defeat of Tony Bennett as superintendent of public instruction puts this state’s education reforms not at risk, but on a slower pace.
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Ritz turns to D.C. in quest for cloutRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Politically boxed in at home, newly elected state schools chief Glenda Ritz is looking to Washington for some wiggle room to make changes to Indiana’s education rules.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Teacher wrath boosts Ritz to upset in state education race

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
In the shocker of Tuesday night's election results, teachers unhappy with Republican Tony Bennett's sweeping education reforms propelled dark-horse Democrat Glenda Ritz into the role of superintendent of public instruction.
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Reform-minded candidates secure IPS board seats

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will have a new look in the new year.
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Reformers give IPS candidate heavy financial support

November 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Caitlin Hannon, who is in a three-way contest for the Indianapolis Public Schools District 1, has raised $62,437 this year, including $34,000 from out-of-state education reformers.
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Tindley school plans huge expansion with national grantRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, which currently has two locations, will use a $1.6 million grant from the Charter School Growth Fund to open five more schools over the next three years.
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Judge throws out Indiana teacher contract forms

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that a standard teacher contract form that would have allowed Indiana school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay is illegal.
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Fairbanks awards $1.6M to local Teach for America

September 6, 2012
The Indianapolis-based Fairbanks foundation will award the funds over three years to help Teach for America recruit and train teachers to teach in the city's public school system.
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Education veteran predicts decade of drastic changeRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
New laws, new technology and a new era of flat funding will bring more change to Indiana’s public schools in the next decade than occurred in the past century, predicts David Dresslar, a former school superintendent who is now executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis.
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Lumina betting $10M on startupsRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, one of the nation’s largest donors to education groups, has given $10 million to a venture capital firm to fund for-profit startups with ideas to meet the nation’s education challenges.
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State schools chief's mentor taught him to ruffle feathers to improve educationRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett credits retired education professor John Moody with inspiring much of the reform agenda he has pushed over the past four years.
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Judge backs mayor’s decision to revoke school’s charter

August 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School in Indianapolis has lost a court battle to remain open after a judge denied an injunction challenging Mayor Greg Ballard's decision to revoke the school’s charter.
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Mind Trust awards $1M to two charters to expand school modelsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will announce June 25 that it is awarding $1 million apiece to Indianapolis-based Christel House Academy and Boston-based Phalen Leadership Academies to launch new charter schools in Indianapolis.
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IU report questions Mind Trust plan for IPS

June 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Six months after the Mind Trust released its plan to reform Indianapolis Public Schools, researchers at Indiana University now say the plan rests on experiments in other cities that led to greater inequity among students and did not produce dramatic academic gains.
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Mayors have mixed record leading schools

June 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The question at the heart of this year’s debate over the future of Indianapolis Public Schools is whether the district should be placed in the hands of Indianapolis’ mayor. But when mayors take control of bad schools, test scores usually rise but challenges don’t go away.
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Charter schools in pipeline to be heavy on technology

June 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three "blended learning" educational organizations have been approved to open 19 charter schools here that combine online technology and face-to-face instruction. The strategy allows schools to save money by employing fewer teachers, yet also can produce impressive student results.
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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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