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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Teacher wrath boosts Ritz to upset in state education race

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
In the shocker of Tuesday night's election results, teachers unhappy with Republican Tony Bennett's sweeping education reforms propelled dark-horse Democrat Glenda Ritz into the role of superintendent of public instruction.
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Reform-minded candidates secure IPS board seats

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will have a new look in the new year.
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Reformers give IPS candidate heavy financial support

November 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Caitlin Hannon, who is in a three-way contest for the Indianapolis Public Schools District 1, has raised $62,437 this year, including $34,000 from out-of-state education reformers.
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Survey shows dissatisfaction with Indianapolis Public Schools

October 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
A slight majority of more than 7,000 residents in the Indianapolis Public Schools district are dissatisfied with the school system, according to surveys conducted in late summer by a coalition of community groups, including IPS itself.
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Superintendent race a showdown over school changes

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.
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Critics say grades for schools too complex to understand

October 27, 2012
Associated Press
Public schools around Indiana will learn their final grades next week under a ranking system using new rules that critics say are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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UPS Foundation providing $50,000 for technology programRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Hire Technology manufacturing-logistics curriculum was developed by Conexus in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.
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Tindley school plans huge expansion with national grantRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, which currently has two locations, will use a $1.6 million grant from the Charter School Growth Fund to open five more schools over the next three years.
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Lawyer: Girls hoops schedule decree sets precedent

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
A federal consent decree in which 10 southeastern Indiana high schools agree to schedule girls and boys basketball games equally on Friday and Saturday nights sets a legal precedent for the entire state, one of the attorneys in the case said Tuesday.
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Teach for America to help Marian University recruit principalsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Both Marian and Teach for America say not enough people are prepared to lead schools in Indianapolis and around the state in areas of low income, high crime and broken homes.
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City robotics center aims to spark interest in STEM careers

October 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
TechPoint Foundation for Youth is seeking a site and support for a new program intended to get students interested in careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.
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Indiana schools chief wants district accountability

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
The accountability measures that have been introduced for individual Indiana schools should be extended to entire school districts, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said Tuesday night in his State of Education speech.
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Judge throws out Indiana teacher contract forms

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that a standard teacher contract form that would have allowed Indiana school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay is illegal.
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Locally based Synovia merging to create new company

September 24, 2012
Synovia and Everyday Solutions Inc. in Massachusetts are combining to form Synovia Solutions, which will be based in Indianapolis. Both companies provide GPS-driven products to help manage school transportation services.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear voucher arguments

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the nation's largest school voucher program violates the state constitution.
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Fort Wayne school district surges by IPS in enrollment

September 19, 2012
Associated Press
Enrollment in Fort Wayne Community Schools is projected to surpass enrollment in Indianapolis Public Schools, making it Indiana's largest school district.
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Grant takes Conner Prairie to frontier of science education

September 8, 2012
Dan Human
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to find ways to encourage history museums to incorporate the often unpopular and intimidating fields of science, technology, engineering and math into their offerings.
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Fairbanks awards $1.6M to local Teach for America

September 6, 2012
The Indianapolis-based Fairbanks foundation will award the funds over three years to help Teach for America recruit and train teachers to teach in the city's public school system.
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Indiana voucher program sees growing enrollment

September 4, 2012
Associated Press
School voucher advocates are pushing to get as many Indiana children as possible into the state's burgeoning program that helps pay private school tuition. The application deadline is Friday.
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Education veteran predicts decade of drastic changeRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
New laws, new technology and a new era of flat funding will bring more change to Indiana’s public schools in the next decade than occurred in the past century, predicts David Dresslar, a former school superintendent who is now executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis.
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Indiana public schools wage unusual ad campaign

August 20, 2012
Associated Press
Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation's largest voucher program doubles in size.
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State schools chief's mentor taught him to ruffle feathers to improve educationRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett credits retired education professor John Moody with inspiring much of the reform agenda he has pushed over the past four years.
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Veteran educator running against Bennett for state postRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Glenda Ritz' opposition to pass-fail tests is fueling her campaign to unseat Tony Bennett as Indiana's education czar.
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Judge backs mayor’s decision to revoke school’s charter

August 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School in Indianapolis has lost a court battle to remain open after a judge denied an injunction challenging Mayor Greg Ballard's decision to revoke the school’s charter.
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