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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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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Thirty-five teams apply for $1M Mind Trust grants

March 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
The winners' mission will be to launch successful charter schools and replicate those schools at three or four additional locations around Indianapolis.
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Battle for students raises financial concern for turnaround schools

March 8, 2012
J.K. Wall
Just 62 percent of the students at four IPS schools being taken over by turnaround operators have chosen to remain at the schools, a situation that could shrink funding. The operators say the district has stymied their ability to inform students and their parents about their plans.
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Fight over tuition for immigrants derails bill

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators fearing a backlash from conservatives scuttled an expansive education proposal this week after it was amended to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants already enrolled in state schools.
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Indiana 3rd-graders prepare for new reading test

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's third-graders are gearing up for a new state reading test that could determine whether they can move on to the fourth grade.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Bill seeks school superintendent contract disclosure

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would require Indiana's school boards to disclose all financial details of proposed superintendent contracts before voting on them drew only positive comments during a public hearing before a legislative panel.
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Legislators advance ban on school bus fees

February 15, 2012
Associated Press
A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would prohibit Indiana's public school districts from charging fees for school bus service.
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Schools chief: No Child waiver helps Indiana students

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana will take advantage of a federal waiver on provisions of the No Child Left Behind act to create better education for students, State School Superintendent Tony Bennett said.
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Indiana panel OKs overhaul of school grading system

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
A state panel has approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F grading standards for public schools despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Indiana among 10 states getting No Child Left Behind waivers

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states, including Indiana, from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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