Education & Workforce Development

Cash-strapped IPS to dismiss 23 administrators

February 26, 2014
J.K. Wall
Personnel costs make up about 90 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools' general fund budget of $263.7 million, which prompted an Indy Chamber committee that recently analyzed the system's finances to call for cuts in that area.
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Indiana Wesleyan measure stirs religion debate

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
A measure designed to restore Indiana Wesleyan University's workforce training contract with the state unexpectedly raised issues about religious discrimination Monday in the General Assembly.
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Indiana Senate amends pre-K education bill

February 24, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate shot down two proposed amendments to the pre-K education bill Monday, before finally accepting an amendment to add another member to the study commission.
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Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Doubt over how to run effective preschools derailed billRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Sen. Luke Kenley scuttled a pilot program of state-funded preschool vouchers for low-income families on Feb. 19, instead sending it to a summer committee to investigate 10 questions he said will help make sure Indiana launches a worthwhile program.
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UIndy plans $50M in expansion projects

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The bulk of the money, to be spent over five years, will go to a 134,000-square-foot health sciences center, which will provide training space for the university's nursing, physical therapy and other health care students.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Preschool education bill could be in trouble

February 19, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The chairman of the Senate education committee said some senators are concerned about the bill–which would create a five-county pilot preschool program–due to its cost and connection to the state’s private school voucher system.
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Repairs to begin Wednesday on Assembly Hall

February 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana University officials expect to know by noon whether regularly scheduled games still will be held in the arena. A large piece of metal fell from the ceiling into the stands on Tuesday, but officials believe it was an isolated incident.
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Lockheed Martin grants $6M to program of local ed group

February 18, 2014
The funds will boost an initiative by Project Lead the Way Inc. to expand science- and math-related curriculums in U.S. urban school districts.
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IU official: Bloomington campus parking can raise $43M profit

February 16, 2014
Associated Press
Chief Financial Officer MaryFrances McCourt didn't say how parking rates would be adjusted to create that projected boost and where the extra money would be directed.
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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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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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