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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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IPS issues rebuttal to Mind Trust's reform plan

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
In an hour-long defense of Indianapolis Public Schools, Superintendent Eugene White outlined plans to streamline administrative staff, create more choices for parents, direct more resources to the district's most challenged schools and give more autonomy to its highest performing schools.
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Private schools raking in cash thanks to 2011 reform lawRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
A generally overlooked part of the 2011 education reform package makes it clear donors to private schools can target their gifts to specific schools, a move that seems to have unleashed the tax credit’s full potential by helping private schools line up more donations.
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White wins no new job offers, will remain IPS chief

March 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
IPS superintendent Eugene White had been among the finalists for the top jobs at schools systems in Mobile, Ala., and in Greenville, S.C. But both districts chose this week to appoint internal candidates to lead their school systems.
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IHSAA to make 11-stop tour to debate class system

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox and state Sen. Mike Delph have announced an 11-stop statewide tour to discuss Indiana's class basketball system.
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New standardized test could be tougher than ISTEP

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
State Superintendent Tony Bennett said the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in the 2014-2015 school year will be more difficult than the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam.
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Education reform on legislators' hot seatRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Key parts of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s education reforms will be put under a miscroscope this summer by a special commission of state legislators.
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Fewer Indiana schools considered 'dropout factories'

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Indiana high schools considered "dropout factories" fell by half between 2002 and 2010, from 30 to 15, according to a report released Monday.
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Building rentals help school district make ends meet

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Franklin is planning to raise $120,000 by renting the performing arts center and middle school auditorium this year — six times what the district made in rental fees four years ago.
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Indiana school district expected to end bus fees

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A cash-strapped Indiana school district that angered parents by turning its buses over to a not-for-profit that began charging for children to ride will likely end that practice soon.
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Ballard names Teach For America veteran as education deputy

March 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has appointed Jason Kloth as deputy mayor of education, a new cabinet-level position that reflects Ballard’s recent shift toward taking a more active role in education.
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IPS chief White a finalist for top job at Alabama system

March 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eugene White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, is now a finalist to lead a school system in Mobile County in Alabama, and he is interviewing for another superintendent’s post in South Carolina.
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  2. If you only knew....

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