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Mayor's charter schools director to leave

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Karega Rausch will become the Indianapolis director of Stand for Children, an Oregon-based not-for-profit that pushes education reform through grass-roots organizing and legislative lobbying.
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House committee nixes changes to Indiana scholarships

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to tighten requirements for Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program for low-income students is in limbo after a legislative committee removed it from a package of revisions to college financial aid programs.
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IPS says it will lay off more than 300 employees

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools notified employees last week during spring break that they will begin cutting 271 teaching positions and 37 non-teaching positions to trim its $20 million budget deficit.
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Controversy brews over judging charter performance

April 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
There is little agreement—but lots of politics and complex statistics—on how to define success and failure in Indiana’s public schools.
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Flexibility eases pain of principal's departure

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Carlotta Watch VideoThe abrupt departure of Indianapolis Metropolitan High School's dynamic principal, Carlotta Cooprider, had the potential to deal a major blow to the 430-student charter school. But school administrators, parents and students say the transition was mostly seamless.
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Indy Met Pumas make basketball historyRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indianapolis Metropolitan High School boys’ basketball team won the Class 1-A state championship, for the first time in the team’s four-year existence.
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Bills would set fall votes for Indiana school boards

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
All school board elections across Indiana would be moved to the November ballot under bills advancing in the state Legislature.
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United Way chapters teaming to improve graduation rates

March 31, 2011
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will participate Thursday morning in a national online meeting as part of an education initiative that hopes to attract 1 million volunteers.
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Advocates: Indiana can lead U.S. in schools overhaul

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
Education advocates told hundreds of cheering supporters at a Statehouse rally Wednesday that Indiana could lead the nation in overhauling schools.
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School voucher proposal approved by House

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
The GOP-led House voted 56-42 on Wednesday in favor of the bill that would use taxpayer money to help some parents move their children from public schools to private schools.
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Kroger plans $3.8 million school investment

March 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Cincinnati, Ohio-based grocer announced Wednesday a new three-year, $3.8 million investment that will support library grants, schools and a literacy initiative across Indianapolis.
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Butler University to close 102-year-old dance academy

March 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Butler University said Thursday that it plans to close its Jordan Academy of Dance due to economic reasons. The academy, which has more than 200 students, ages 3-17, will shut down May 31.
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Indiana schools chief says education changes needed

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana's education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
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School district eyes events, students for revenue

March 19, 2011
Associated Press
Franklin Community Schools officials say they don't want to be in the same situation they were last year, when the state forced the district to eliminate $3 million from its budget.
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City to close Fountain Square charter school

March 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision to close Fountain Square Academy, announced Friday morning at a press conference, marks the first time Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen to shut down a charter school.
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Panel nixes transportation aid for charter schools

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate panel eliminated part of a proposal on Wednesday that would have required traditional public schools to help provide transportation to students attending charter schools.
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Senate panel considers proposal to expand charters

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Education Committee heard hours of testimony about the bill and details of a new study that found Indiana students who transferred to charter schools showed greater learning gains than their peers who stayed in traditional public schools.
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Charter-school boosters tout findings of new study

March 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charter-school advocates are touting a Stanford University study released Wednesday as support for their case to expand charters throughout the state.
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Transition-to-teaching students find few jobs

March 6, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Department of Education report shows less than 40 percent of those who completed the transition-to-teaching programs in 2008-2009 were working in Indiana schools last year.
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Indiana private-school voucher bill faces changes

March 1, 2011
Associated Press
To win solid support for the bill from his own caucus, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Republicans are considering limiting the number of students who could receive vouchers and may further restrict qualifying income levels.
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Dual roles give Bess unusual view into schools

February 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Bess Watch VideoAs a Danville school board member and superintendent of Indianapolis Metropolitan High, Scott Bess is straddling the increasingly contentious chasm between traditional public schools and privately operated charters.
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GOP-led Indiana House panel OKs new budget proposal

February 18, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-controlled Indiana House committee has approved a GOP budget proposal that would keep overall education funding at current levels while making major shifts in the way money is divvied up among individual school districts.
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UPDATE: GOP budget includes big shift in school funding

February 17, 2011
Associated Press
Individual school districts could see major shifts in funding but overall education funding would remain at current levels under a state budget plan presented Thursday by Republicans who control the Indiana House.
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Indiana panel backs private school voucher bill

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
A contentious proposal to use taxpayer money to help Indiana parents send their children to private schools cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.
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GOP-led panel tweaks Daniels' school voucher bill

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Fewer families would qualify for private school vouchers under changes Republican lawmakers have made to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' controversial proposal.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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