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Lawson lauds $14M union insurance plan settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.
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School districts could recover $14 million in settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts which invested in a failed union health insurance plan could get back roughly half of the money they lost, if they approve the settlement.
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Indiana State Teachers Association elects new leader

April 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Teresa Meredith, an elementary teacher from Shelbyville, has been elected president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, replacing long-time leader Nate Schnellenberger.
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Teachers trust fund broker reaches settlement

March 13, 2012
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, has reached a settlement. Karandos agreed to a 75-day suspension from working in the securities industry and may pay up to $50,000 in restitution.
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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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State school chiefs paid more than meets the eye

November 27, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's nearly 300 school superintendents are receiving more compensation than reported in their contracts, with extra payments for benefits such as health insurance counting toward their overall salaries for pension purposes, a newspaper's investigation has found.
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Teachers sue 3 Indiana school districts, seek raises

October 21, 2011
Associated Press
The dispute, which includes schools in Noblesville, stems from changes passed by the Legislature earlier this year limiting collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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ISTA says new teacher contract forms violate state law

July 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association is asking a judge to block state education officials from putting new teacher contract forms for the 2011-2012 school year into use.
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Bill on teacher union rights heads to governor

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
A bill to restrict Indiana teachers' collective bargaining rights has cleared its final legislative hurdle, becoming the first part of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda to make it to the governor's desk.
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Lawmakers start work on teacher merit pay bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have started work on one of the more controversial aspects of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda: a plan to tie teacher pay to student performance.
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Schools chief, union head recruit mentors for children

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
State school superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican, and the leader of Indiana's largest teachers union made a rare joint appearance Tuesday to promote a mentoring program.
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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.
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How hard is it to fire a teacher, really?

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Red tape involved in firing teachers is thick. But risk-averse administrators may be the bigger problem.
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Secretary of state files complaint against teachers' fund broker

October 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Karandos, a broker who advised the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust before it collapsed in 2009, is facing an administrative complaint from the Indiana Securities Division, which alleges 13 violations for unethical, dishonest and deceptive practices.
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Rokita to politicians: Careful with donations from union

October 13, 2010
J.K. Wall
Secretary of state warns candidates that if he prevails in court, his securities division staff will pursue any money the candidates received from the Indiana State Teachers Association's political action committee.
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Education Roundtable hires former union lobbyist as director

July 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dan Clark will direct efforts to coordinate and align Indiana’s K-12 and postsecondary educational systems, as well as work force agencies like the Department of Workforce Development.
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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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Other states join Indiana in spurning grant program

May 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others including Indiana are opting out of trying a second time.
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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Thousands of teachers losing jobs, union says

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Teachers Association forecasts up to 5,000 teachers may lose their jobs. That's about 8 percent of public school teachers statewide.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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