Education & Workforce Development

Indiana could be top state for school vouchers

September 19, 2014
 Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat Indiana
Preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Education shows 29,437 Indiana children applied for vouchers this year.
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State unemployment rate slips to 5.8 percent

September 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana lost 2,600 private-sector jobs in August despite more big gains in manufacturing-sector employment, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Friday morning.
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ITT Educational may face enforcement action, SEC says

September 19, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc. said it received a notice that the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission may take enforcement action related to its loans to students. ITT's stock sank almost 30 percent after the announcement.
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Effort to unify Marion County school calendars fails

September 17, 2014
 Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat Indiana
A major barrier was the fact that different local unions represent the teachers in different districts, and those union contracts didn’t match up in a variety of ways.
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Purdue set to dedicate new engineering hall

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University on Friday plans to dedicate a new $39 million engineering building the school hopes can help meet the nation's growing demand for engineers.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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IU to provide business classes tailored to NFL players

September 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The National Football League Players Association this month launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Lilly execs make pitch for local preschool education

September 12, 2014
Jared Council
Eli Lilly and Co. executives on Friday repeated their plea to local businesses to support early childhood education, highlighting the work force development and crime-reduction benefits associated with the effort.
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Democrats raise doubts about Ballard’s preschool plan

September 11, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat indiana
Funding concerns involving the homestead credit have prompted work on an alternative plan that Democrats expect to unveil soon.
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Ball State AD leaving for Marquette University

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Bill Scholl joined Ball State in April 2012 after he spent 23 years in athletics administration at the University of Notre Dame, including the last three as deputy athletic director.
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School of Philanthropy at IUPUI appoints new dean

September 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
Indiana University has found a successor to Gene Tempel, who is set to step down as dean of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. The position will be funded through the newly created Eugene R. Tempel Deanship.
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Former Butler President Bobby Fong dies at 64

September 8, 2014
Mason King
Fong, who presided over a period of enrollment growth and national renown at the Indianapolis university, died Monday morning of natural causes.
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Purdue introduces competency degree program

September 7, 2014
Associated Press
The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, rather than performance measured only at fixed calendar intervals of classroom time.
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Nuvo enters Bloomington market, eyes other college towns

September 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Nuvo has entered a long-abandoned market, Bloomington, and is eyeing other Indiana college towns, particularly Muncie and West Lafayette, for expansion. The alternative free weekly newspaper has been working on the plan for six months.
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Ritz asks for money to cover textbook costs

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is also asking for a 3-percent increase in education spending.
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State board settles open meetings suit, admits no guilt

September 4, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
The State Board of Education will pay $15,000 to resolve allegations it used email to circumvent legal requirements.
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State OKs rules to license teachers without education degrees

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The State Board of Education approved new rules Wednesday for teacher licensing that make it easier for college graduates without education degrees to get jobs in Indiana classrooms.
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Purdue still wants ex-chancellor report kept secret

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University is continuing efforts to keep secret a report about the ouster of the Fort Wayne campus chancellor, even though federal and state judges have ruled it isn't protected by attorney-client privilege.
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Lilly Endowment pumps $14.5M into MBAs for school leaders

September 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The endowment hopes to expand educational MBA programs, including one at the University of Indianapolis, to give business skills to more principals and superintendents at Indiana public schools.
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Purdue to mark expansion of Discovery Park

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Purdue University is planning a ceremony to mark the opening of a nearly $29 million facility that will consolidate drug research centers at the school, as well as a $16 million expansion of a cancer research center.
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St. Vincent considers $14M sports performance facility at Marian

September 2, 2014
Jeff Newman
Marian University, St. Vincent Health and four amateur sports groups have entered into formal discussions that could result in major developments at the northwest-side campus, the university announced Tuesday.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Colts helping train high school coachesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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