Education & Workforce Development

State unveils $31M tuition-funding program

July 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels failed to get the legislature to bite on his plan to lease out the Hoosier Lottery in order to pay for two-year college scholarships. So he's now he's using $31 million in federal stimulus funds to create a similar program for about 9,000 Hoosiers.
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Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on pace for record yearRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A growing number of Indianapolis residents are making the most of their public library system. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system says it’s on pace for a record year in terms of use by patrons and items circulated.  
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Hoosier Academies leads chase for virtual charter schoolsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Hoosier Academies is the leading candidate to operate a controversial virtual charter school pilot program authorized last month by the Legislature.
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State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.
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EDITORIAL: School funding has fatal flawsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A state budget was passed June 30, but it’s balanced on the backs of poor children. Legislators deserve praise for at least slightly increasing overall education funding, but because of a flawed funding formula, urban districts such as Indianapolis Public Schools actually will lose money in the next two years.
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WILLIAMS: IPS needs leadership overhaulRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Brian Williams
The challenges facing Indianapolis Public Schools are daunting. The socioeconomic level of its students and their families, fiscal constraints, and a necessary heightened focus on security issues are just a few, but all contribute to high dropout rates, low academic achievement, achievement gaps between middle-class and low-income children and declining enrollment.
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Florida system considering Ivy Tech president for leadership post

July 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder is one of 13 candidates being considered for the position of chancellor of the State University System of Florida.
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Franklin College sues like-named competitor over marketing push

July 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
Franklin College filed a lawsuit today alleging trademark infringement against Ohio-based Franklin University, which will open a campus in Castleton this fall. The liberal arts college south of Indianapolis said the newcomer's marketing blitz has been too close to Franklin College’s own branding.

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Despite what you might think, lawyers are compartatively scarce in IndianaRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Scott Olson
Only North and South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have smaller proportions of lawyers within their working populations. Experts point to the state's shrinking base of corporate HQs, the exodus of law school graduates, and a less litigious climate overall.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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KATTERJOHN: Leaders in education primed for successRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
There's reason to believe serious progress is coming, due to the people in leadership positions for the state in three key areas: the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College.
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Below-average test scores raise questions about elementary teachers, collegesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students going into and out of Indiana's teacher education programs tend to score below average on standardized test scores. And national data indicate the gap is entirely attributable to those headed into elementary education.
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Law grants teachers immunity from civil suitsRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Educators widely support a new state law that gives teachers immunity from civil lawsuits for trying to discipline students. But opponents of corporal punishment are giving it a frosty reception, fearing Indiana students could be subjected to more paddling without legal recourse.
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IU to offer degree in fund raising

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Most fund-raisers stumble into the profession, but within a decade the field could be populated by recent college graduates who hold degrees in philanthropic studies.The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University soon will roll out a bachelor's degree that would be among the first of its kind. If all goes as planned, IUPUI would begin marketing the degree, granted by the School of Liberal Arts, for the fall of 2010.
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Some laid-off workers qualify for lucrative benefitsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A little-known federal program provides support for retraining to workers whose employers were hurt by foreign trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act also offers income replacement and health insurance benefits.
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Grads, career-changers surge into teachingRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Folks from all sorts of professions are trying on teaching, to survive the recession or to give back to the community. Or both.
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Newcomer Franklin University could create marketing mix-up for Franklin CollegeRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Ohio-based Franklin University's move into the Indianapolis market sets up the potential for significant name confusion with Franklin College, the liberal arts school 30 minutes south of Indianapolis.
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Led by educators instead of investment specialists, state teachers fund fell into $67M holeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
J.K. Wall
The people overseeing the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust had no background in investments or insurance, likely leaving them ill-equipped to grasp the ever-larger amounts of complicated investments the trust was buying.
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Pay for diplomas is smart incentiveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Incentives have long been used as an effective tool in business to improve employee performance. But can a concept that helps companies motivate workers also work in public education?
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Insurers not attracting young peopleRestricted Content

May 25, 2009

Two-thirds of college-age Americans say health insurance is as important as salary when looking at jobs. Yet just as many have made no plans to obtain health insurance once they graduate from school this month.

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NEA takeover humbles once-mighty ISTA

May 20, 2009
Greg Andrews
The National Education Association said today that it is taking over its Indiana affiliate, a stunning comeuppance for what long had been one of the most powerful union forces in the state.
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'Fellows' make career change to teaching math and scienceRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
A new scholarship to promote teaching math and science in "high-need" schools was awarded to . 59 recipients, and most of them are changing professions to become teachers.
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Business school outgrows IndianaRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
J.K. Wall
With enrollment surging in vocational schools around the country, Indiana Business College has launched an expansion into Ohio and likely into other states as well. The Indianapolis-based for-profit school also is changing its name.
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Bennett draws up education game planRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana's superintendent of public instruction stresses reading, math and competition.
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