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ISTEP+ gains come amid increasing accountability

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana students made improvements across the board on the state's standardized test this year amid a push for more school accountability and the first state takeovers of failing schools.
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Indiana students do slightly better on ISTEP tests

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Scores released Tuesday by the state education department show that of the 500,000 students taking the standardized tests, 71 percent passed both the language arts and math sections. That's up one percentage point from last year.
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Board's ruling puts Fall Creek home sites back on marketRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
Buyers have quickly snapped up two home sites and the city might sell seven more on a stretch of Broadway Street where The Oaks Academy had hoped to build a soccer field.
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Manufacturers help schools fill training voidRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Dan Human
Manufacturers—bedeviled by an underskilled labor force—seek highly trained graduates. Career centers—struggling with funding cuts—seek support from companies so classes can keep operating.
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One teacher quits, 5 suspended in Indy district

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis school district said Friday it suspended five teachers and another resigned amid an investigation into cheating on a state standardized biology exam at one of Indiana's largest high schools.
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Lawrence Township finds buyers for surplus buildings

June 26, 2012
Tom Harton
The northeast-side school district has sold one building, has three offers for another and is seeking tenants for 100,000 square feet in a third building.
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Mind Trust awards $1M to two charters to expand school modelsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will announce June 25 that it is awarding $1 million apiece to Indianapolis-based Christel House Academy and Boston-based Phalen Leadership Academies to launch new charter schools in Indianapolis.
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IU report questions Mind Trust plan for IPS

June 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Six months after the Mind Trust released its plan to reform Indianapolis Public Schools, researchers at Indiana University now say the plan rests on experiments in other cities that led to greater inequity among students and did not produce dramatic academic gains.
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Mayors have mixed record leading schools

June 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The question at the heart of this year’s debate over the future of Indianapolis Public Schools is whether the district should be placed in the hands of Indianapolis’ mayor. But when mayors take control of bad schools, test scores usually rise but challenges don’t go away.
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Study proposed on future of Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
An architect is proposing a study for finding a new use for Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, possibly turning it into a convention center.
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Voucher supporters tout Indiana program's 1st year

June 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's school voucher program has finished its first year with enrollment on the rise and supporters trumpeting the program's successes.
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Charter schools in pipeline to be heavy on technology

June 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three "blended learning" educational organizations have been approved to open 19 charter schools here that combine online technology and face-to-face instruction. The strategy allows schools to save money by employing fewer teachers, yet also can produce impressive student results.
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Gary schools laying off nearly 170 teachers

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
Gary Community Schools Superintendent Myrtle Campbell said the district needs to cut $11 million from its budget, and personnel is the biggest part of its spending.
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Local school district reviewing test breach allegations

May 24, 2012
Associated Press
Leaders of an Indianapolis school district said they're preparing a report for state officials into the possible disclosure of student assessment test questions by teachers at one of the state's largest high schools.
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Indianapolis Public Schools laying off 163 workers

May 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district is planning to lay off 163 workers, including 94 teachers, largely because of the state takeover of four schools starting this fall.
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IPS says it must cut $27 million from budget

May 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The proposed cuts represent about 5 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools' current budget. IPS Superintendent Eugene White will detail his spending-reduction plan on May 24 at the IPS’ central office building.
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Following turnaround, charter school shoots for 4 more sitesRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
After a near-death experience, the KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory School is back on its feet and looking to spawn a mini-district of charter schools. KIPP-Indy leaders have drawn up plans to launch four additional schools from 2014 to 2020.
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Zionsville voters face lone area school-funding referendum

May 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Zionsville's school district is asking taxpayers to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. Meanwhile, in Johnson County, voters will consider whether to help finance a $30 million project that includes the construction of a 70,000-square-foot library.
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New charter school proposed for North Meridian Street

May 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
An Arizona charter school operator serving middle and high school students has filed plans to build a two-story school at Meridian and 22nd streets.
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Performance considered in Indianapolis teacher layoffs

May 1, 2012
Associated Press
The planned layoff of about 80 teachers by Indianapolis Public Schools will be among the first under a new state law that allows teacher performance to be considered in deciding who will be let go.
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Zionsville might pass on full-day kindergarten fundsRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
Superintendent Scott Robison informally recommended in March that the school system take a pass on the new funding because it still does not fully cover the costs required to expand its kindergarten program from half days to full days.
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Broker tied to ISTA insurance woes still tangling with stateRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
David Karandos failed to make fine payments due March 1 and April 1, and Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor has ordered him to appear at a May hearing to make the case why “additional consequences” aren’t warranted.
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IPS reform advocates seek school board shakeupRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Some proponents of the Mind Trust plan to restructure Indianapolis Public Schools are looking to advance its key principles the old-fashioned way: by electing pro-reform members to the IPS board.
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Ball State gives new life to Fountain Square charter

April 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Fountain Square Academy, a charter middle and high school with about 270 students, will remain open after Ball State University decided to grant it a charter to continue operating after this school year.
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Supporters defend Indiana voucher law in court briefs

April 19, 2012
Associated Press
Striking down Indiana's school voucher program because some schools are affiliated with churches would amount to unnecessary government interference into religion, the law's supporters argue in court documents.
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