Education reform

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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Indianapolis Public Schools laying off 163 workers

May 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district is planning to lay off 163 workers, including 94 teachers, largely because of the state takeover of four schools starting this fall.
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Following turnaround, charter school shoots for 4 more sitesRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
After a near-death experience, the KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory School is back on its feet and looking to spawn a mini-district of charter schools. KIPP-Indy leaders have drawn up plans to launch four additional schools from 2014 to 2020.
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Performance considered in Indianapolis teacher layoffs

May 1, 2012
Associated Press
The planned layoff of about 80 teachers by Indianapolis Public Schools will be among the first under a new state law that allows teacher performance to be considered in deciding who will be let go.
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IPS reform advocates seek school board shakeupRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Some proponents of the Mind Trust plan to restructure Indianapolis Public Schools are looking to advance its key principles the old-fashioned way: by electing pro-reform members to the IPS board.
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Ball State gives new life to Fountain Square charter

April 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Fountain Square Academy, a charter middle and high school with about 270 students, will remain open after Ball State University decided to grant it a charter to continue operating after this school year.
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Private schools raking in cash thanks to 2011 reform lawRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
A generally overlooked part of the 2011 education reform package makes it clear donors to private schools can target their gifts to specific schools, a move that seems to have unleashed the tax credit’s full potential by helping private schools line up more donations.
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Education reform on legislators' hot seatRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Key parts of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s education reforms will be put under a miscroscope this summer by a special commission of state legislators.
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IPS chief White a finalist for top job at Alabama system

March 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eugene White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, is now a finalist to lead a school system in Mobile County in Alabama, and he is interviewing for another superintendent’s post in South Carolina.
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Thirty-five teams apply for $1M Mind Trust grants

March 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The winners' mission will be to launch successful charter schools and replicate those schools at three or four additional locations around Indianapolis.
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Battle for students raises financial concern for turnaround schools

March 8, 2012
J.K. Wall
Just 62 percent of the students at four IPS schools being taken over by turnaround operators have chosen to remain at the schools, a situation that could shrink funding. The operators say the district has stymied their ability to inform students and their parents about their plans.
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Christel House charter school to target dropoutsRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
Charter schools for adults continue to pick up steam, as Christel House International prepares to launch the fourth such school in Indianapolis.
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Extra money key to Mind Trust plan to transform IPS

February 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Mind Trust plan for transforming Indianapolis Public Schools calls for turning the district into a network of charter-like schools and giving them 15 percent to 25 percent more dollars to spend than Indianapolis charter schools currently enjoy.
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Schools chief: No Child waiver helps Indiana students

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana will take advantage of a federal waiver on provisions of the No Child Left Behind act to create better education for students, State School Superintendent Tony Bennett said.
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Indiana panel OKs overhaul of school grading system

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
A state panel has approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F grading standards for public schools despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Indiana among 10 states getting No Child Left Behind waivers

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states, including Indiana, from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
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Judge upholds Indiana school voucher law

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion Superior Court judge affirmed Indiana's school voucher law on Friday, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unconstitutionally uses public money to support religion.
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Indiana schools chief Bennett gears up for re-election bidRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
String of controversial reforms draw campaign contributions, ire of opponents.
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WILLIAMS: Expand IPS to Marion County bordersRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Brian Williams
Absent a focus on county-wide educational reform, these efforts may address underachievement within IPS but fail to address needs of top academic performers, the large academic middle, and underperformers in all Marion County schools.
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Voucher experience positive for one local high school student

December 30, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Dayana Vazquez-Buquer is among 3,919 students from low- to moderate-income Indiana families who qualified for an Indiana Choice Scholarship this year. She praises the General Assembly for creating the voucher program.
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GOP-controlled Legislature overhauls K-12 education

December 24, 2011
This year saw the most sweeping changes to public education since the approval of teachers’ unions in 1973.
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2011 NEWSMAKER: Eugene White in crosshairs as reformers target IPS

December 24, 2011
There’s a pitched battle under way in K-12 education as reform advocates and charter schools challenge traditional institutions such as teachers’ unions and education schools.
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Mind Trust calls for decentralizing IPS district

December 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
By gutting its central office, Indianapolis Public Schools could free up $188 million to provide universal preschool, to pay key teachers more than $100,000 a year and to transform itself into a network of autonomous “opportunity” schools.
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Turnaround company wants to launch feeder schools

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Charter Schools USA, the Florida-based company tapped by the state government to turn around Howe and Manual high schools in Indianapolis, also wants to launch two charter elementary schools to help feed students into those schools.
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