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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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State school chiefs paid more than meets the eye

November 27, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's nearly 300 school superintendents are receiving more compensation than reported in their contracts, with extra payments for benefits such as health insurance counting toward their overall salaries for pension purposes, a newspaper's investigation has found.
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Central Indiana district hires law firm to defend bus fee

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Franklin Township board voted 3-2 Monday night to fight a parent lawsuit aimed at forcing the district to restore free school bus service.
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Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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University education schools inflate grades, critics chargeRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Nearly four of five students received A's in Indiana University education classes in 2010-2011, but education deans at IU and other universities say grading is approached differently than in other schools, such as math.
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Christel House eyeing adult charter schoolRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Like Goodwill's program, it would cater to dropouts.
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IPS hopes new high school attracts high-achieversRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Christine Collier, the longtime leader of the Center for Inquiry elementary and middle schools, is designing a high school within the Indianapolis Public Schools system that officials hope will draw students who now attend some of the highest-achieving K-8 schools in the IPS system.
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Central Indiana district plans to keep school-bus fee

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of the Franklin Township district in suburban Indianapolis say they don't intend to restore free school-bus service unless courts order them to do so.
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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.
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Civic leaders urge Ballard to tackle woes facing urban coreRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Community leaders are coalescing around a three-prong strategy to attract residents and capital to neighborhoods from just outside downtown to the borders of Interstate 465. It’s not yet clear whether all the initiatives will have the full support of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Lilly Endowment gives $3.5M to Mind Trust

November 11, 2011
The money is to be used to expand Teach For America and The New Teacher Project, which train new teachers for high-need schools.
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Indiana voucher program leads to reverse transfers

November 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's new school voucher law has prompted some parents to pull their children out of private schools and put them in public schools for a year so that they can become eligible for the state-funded program.
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Nearly 4,000 students seek private-school vouchers

November 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
The program, which gives Hoosier students an average of $4,500 from the state to apply toward private-school tuition, was created this year by the Indiana General Assembly. More than 250 private schools have been approved to accept the vouchers.
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Indiana school district that ended bus routes faces lawsuit

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis parent is suing Franklin Township schools over its decision to stop running school buses. The district this summer sold its buses to an education cooperative that now charges for transportation.
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Indy Schools chief demands charter investigation

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent wants the state to investigate charter schools that he claims break federal and state laws by turning away homeless and disabled students, a charge the president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association denies.
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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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