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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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Gates Foundation gift aids Mind Trust initiative

October 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Grant for $500,000 will go toward use of technology to personalize learning.
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Lawrence Township school district buildings in play

October 11, 2011
Tom Harton
The district is beginning an evaluation that could result in three buildings being sold and part of another being renovated for private-sector tenants.
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Mind Trust to spawn chains of charter schoolsRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
The local not-for-profit is launching a program this month that will dole out million-dollar grants to teams of education entrepreneurs to help them start local chains of charters.
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Indiana schools chief says he has fences to mend

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said during a Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce forum on Tuesday that he understands the changes he has advocated make many teachers and other uncomfortable.
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IPS losing ground as state's biggest school district

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's two largest school districts both say they've seen small enrollment drops, with No. 2 Fort Wayne Community Schools inching closer in size to No. 1 Indianapolis Public Schools.
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Education not-for-profit moving to city, plans to add 44 jobs

September 16, 2011
Project Lead the Way Inc., a New York-based provider of education curricular programs for middle and high schools, will move its headquarters to Indianapolis and plans to add 44 jobs by 2014.
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National, state SAT scores tumble as participation rises

September 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Average scores dropped in the United States and in Indiana, where a record number of students took the college-assessment test.
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Indiana schools chief lauds overhaul in annual speech

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett used his second annual assessment of the state's education system to promote a sweeping overhaul approved this year.
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New owners aim for big profit after buying IPS school on the cheap

September 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
The buyers of former IPS School 64 stand to make hundreds of thousands of dollars if they manage to flip the property they bought for just $20,000.
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Indiana Board of Education OKs takeovers of 5 schools

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
Private companies will take over five public schools that a state official called in "various stages of dire situations" after the State Board of Education made the recommendation Monday because of poor classroom performance.
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Bennett endorses private operators for 4 IPS schools

August 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's public schools chief wants two outside organizations to take over operation of four troubled Indianapolis schools.
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Goodwill to open two more Excel centers

August 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The schools, which help high-school dropouts earn their diplomas and start to receive post-secondary training, plan to enroll 300 students near the Indiana State Fairgrounds and 150 near the airport.
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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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Test scores, attitudes improving at Indianapolis magnet schoolRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
High expectations set tone for Indianapolis Public School's Harshman Middle School overhaul.
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Indiana grads increase score on college entrance test

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
A report released Wednesday says the average ACT score for Indiana's 2011 high school graduates was 21.2, compared with 21.1 nationally. Indiana averaged 21.1 last year and 21.0 in 2009.
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Judge denies request to block state voucher program

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be upheld.
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Judge weighs request to block Indiana voucher program

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele said he would rule early next week on a request from a group of teachers and religious leaders backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association to issue a preliminary injunction keeping the law from taking effect.
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Indiana voucher program sees 2,200 students enlist

August 8, 2011
Associated Press
The Department of Education began accepting applications to its broad-sweeping new school voucher program a month ago. Since then, 2,230 students have been accepted into the program
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School on Wheels wants dozens of volunteersRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The organization provides tutoring to students in area homeless shelters.
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Indiana schools chief suggests grades for districts

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's public education chief wants to start giving school districts letter grades on an A-to-F scale to hold them accountable for how their schools perform.
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Youth agencies adapting on the fly to new school calendarRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Public Schools board voted in November to adopt a calendar that shortens summer vacation and introduces longer fall and spring breaks. The idea is to give kids less time to forget what they’ve learned and provide more opportunities to catch up.
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Charter school trying to build on test-score progressRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indy Met's structured approach helped more students pass algebra, English exams. Now many say the school should work on solidifying its gains.
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Critics knock school superintendent pay-cap idea

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The suggestion that Indiana lawmakers impose a limit on the pay for school district superintendents doesn't seem to have much support.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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