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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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Teach for America to double presence in IndianapolisRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The New York-based not-for-profit, which opened shop in Indianapolis in 2008, plans to train 100 teachers in the summer of 2012, up from 50 this year.
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State names potential turnaround operators for failing schools

July 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New York-based EdisonLearning, Florida-based Charters Schools USA Inc. and Indianapolis-based EdPower could be given control of one or more of the seven schools judged failing by the state.
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Pro-voucher mom defends Indiana choice program

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
A woman who says her oldest child thrived in Roman Catholic schools after struggling in Indiana's public education system defended the state's broad new voucher law.
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Skillman gives $1M to Center Grove schools

July 20, 2011
Scott Olson
In exchange for donating $1 million to Center Grove schools so athletes don't have to pay a new participation fee, local auto dealer Ray Skillman gets to post advertising signs on several athletic facilities, scoreboards and concession stands.
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School voucher program draws early interest

July 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About 385 families have requested state tuition assistance at private schools since July 11, when the Indiana Department of Education started accepting applications for its new voucher program.
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Turnaround experts eye state schoolsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Interventions by state officials next month in as many as 18 struggling schools will open Indiana to a new and unproven breed of private education entities that have sprung up in just the past decade. That introduction is likely to be smaller than originally thought, but have far-reaching ramifications.
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UPDATE: Teachers, others sue over school voucher law

July 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association filed the lawsuit in Marion County on Friday seeking to block the state's new school voucher law. Plaintiffs include teachers, school administrators, clergy and taxpayers.
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Talent Alliance to help high schools track graduates

June 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
A nearly $79,000 grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation will be used to help Marion County high schools track where their students go after graduation.
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Ex-charter school teacher to lead school effort

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's education chief has appointed a former charter school teacher to lead the state's efforts to turn around 18 chronically failing schools.
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State paying MindTrust to develop IPS alternativesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Department of Education is paying more than $680,000 to The MindTrust, a locally based not-for-profit, to develop other ways to oversee troubled schools than the traditional elected school board.
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Impact of new Indiana voucher law may not be felt for yearsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Parents, schools need time to sift details, experts say.
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