Education & Workforce Development

Ex-Marcadia execs raise $1.7M to launch drug firmRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
Fritz French and Richard DiMarchi, the former leaders of Marcadia Biotech, have teamed up to launch the diabetes drug development firm Calibrium LLC.
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IU plans statue of WWII journalist Ernie Pyle

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
Pyle's bronze likeness outside of Franklin Hall will be just the third statue on IU's Bloomington campus.
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Indiana gay marriage ban backers seek youth support

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
A new group of young people who support banning gay marriage in Indiana announced a campaign Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to restore language to the proposed constitutional amendment that would enable it to get to voters in November.
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State joins plan to help students graduate with less debt

February 11, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Indiana is one of three states selected to lead a national initiative aimed at ensuring more college students graduate on time and with less debt.
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Ivy Tech merges two more regions in cost-cutting move

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College has merged its Bloomington and Southwest regions in its fourth such consolidation in 10 months in an effort to close a $68 million deficit.
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Pence continues push for state-funded preschool

February 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made another pitch for a pilot program to help families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level send their children to public or private preschool.
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Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

February 4, 2014
The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
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Purdue, Cook create $12M fund for life-science startups

February 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Foundry Investment Fund will join with other investors to provide funding for companies that use Purdue-licensed technology or expertise in human and animal health and plant sciences.
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Deadline nears for saving Anderson's Wigwam gym

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
School officials say a plan is needed to pay ongoing costs at Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium while a group trying to save the building faces a deadline to hold off its demolition.
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IPS boss supports cooperating with charter schoolsRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
A pending bill could usher in unprecedented cooperation between Indianapolis Public Schools and the city’s charter schools, resulting in significant financial benefits for both.
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ITT shares in freefall as student-loan losses mount

January 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services took it on the chin in the fourth quarter as big payments stemming from a 2009 student-loan arrangement forced an $11.6 million loss. Adding to the woes is another probe by the federal government.
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ITT stock sinks as for-profit colleges face more probes

January 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
For-profit colleges, bruised by years of investigations and rule-making, may face additional financial pressure from a new wave of state probes by attorneys general and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Notre Dame plans $400M stadium, campus expansion

January 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, called it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame," saying more space was needed to accommodate the university's broadening research activity.
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States investigating ITT, other for-profit education firms

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
For-profit education companies are facing public criticism and regulatory scrutiny over high drop-out rates, graduates' poor job prospects and the high debt levels of its students.
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Voucher students who never tried public school on the rise

January 27, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Four in 10 students using vouchers never attended an Indiana public school, even though the original 2011 law that authorized the program required it.
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Teachers could get help with expenses under House bill

January 23, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1349 would establish a Classroom Expense Fund, from which money would be advanced to educators across the state.
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Legislation aims to expand high school internships

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
The bill would add an intern-hiring incentive to the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program, commonly known as EDGE.
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Pence gives $9.7 million in grants for STEM programs

January 23, 2014
Ben Vandivier, The Statehouse File
The grants went to 10 organizations working to help support teacher recruitment and training in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
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City, state to scrutinize charter curriculum that questions evolution

January 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
A Texas-based education organization with approval to open two Indianapolis charter schools teaches creationism and Christian-based character virtues, according to an article by Slate.com. It has prompted an expedited review of the group's curriculum by Indianapolis and state education officials.
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Education group plans local expansion, 30 jobs

January 22, 2014
Project Lead the Way Inc., a not-for-profit education group that moved its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis in late 2011, plans to spend $1.7 million to expand its headquarters at The Precedent Office Park.
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Teachers could receive money to pay loans under proposed bill

January 21, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A bipartisan group in the Indiana House is working to give some public elementary or high school teachers $9,000 towards their student loans after three consecutive years of teaching.
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Notre Dame switching from Adidas to Under Armour

January 21, 2014
Associated Press
Notre Dame is ending its 17-year relationship with Adidas and switching to Under Armour Inc. with a 10-year deal it calls the biggest of its kind in the history of college athletics.
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New state law might idle school bus fleets

January 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A state law intended to make sure cash-strapped public school districts pay their debt could have an unintended consequence: permanently parking the yellow buses that deliver students to class.
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Indiana House OKs early childhood education pilot program

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.
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Senate committee passes cursive writing requirement, again

January 15, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
For the third straight year, Sen. Jean Leising has convinced the Indiana Senate Education Committee to advance a bill that requires schools to teach cursive writing.
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