K-12

IPS, Mind Trust launch school-turnaround fellowship

April 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Education reform group The Mind Trust will pay selected educators $100,000 to spend a year developing plans and forming teams to improve the poorest performing schools in the IPS district.
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Indiana education panel approves new school standards

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Education Roundtable — co-chaired by Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and flushed with lawmakers, business leaders and education officials — means the standards passed one of the last hurdles before adoption.
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Board member asks for old Indiana school standards

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
A State Board of Education member formally requested Friday that an education panel abandon a proposed overhaul of Indiana's education standards.
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Proposed Indiana school standards get mixed reviews

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Debate on the new standards comes as the state races to create before July new, state-written benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade.
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Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

April 16, 2014
Associated Press
As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching.
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Education officials release draft of academic standards

April 15, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The proposed standards for grades K-12 combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. State law requires standards be approved before July 1 for use in the 2014-15 school year.
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Small school systems dispute consolidation report

April 12, 2014
Associated Press
School officials across Indiana are taking issue with a report by Ball State researchers that suggests mergers of smaller districts are inevitable.
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School board members say teacher ratings fail system

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
Members of the Indiana State Board of Education said a new performance evaluation system failed parents, students and teachers when results released earlier this week found only 2 percent of educators are in need improvement.
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UPDATE: Experts question some Indiana teacher evaluations

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
Education policy experts say results of the first Indiana teacher evaluations that rank only 2 percent as needing improvement show some schools aren't taking the rating system seriously.
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Bennett campaign ethics hearing further delayed

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett's hearing over charges that he violated state ethics laws was moved Monday to August as defense attorneys review thousands of pages of evidence turned over by the state inspector general.
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Schools label few teachers, administrators as ‘ineffective’

April 7, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Performance results released Monday by the Department of Education revealed that only one of every 250 educators was ranked in the lowest category. And fewer than three in 100 were rated as needing improvement.
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Fight against Common Core not over in Indiana

March 29, 2014
Associated Press
Making Gov. Mike Pence's call for "standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high" a reality will take more than his signature.
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State nixes Common Core, but new model may be similar

March 24, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana on Monday became the first state to formally withdraw from Common Core education standards. A proposed new program is already being criticized as too close to Common Core.
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Common Core spawns widespread political fights

March 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.
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Charter school board gets new executive director

March 20, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Former Eli Lilly and Co. Nick LeRoy will lead the state board, which reviews, approves and regulates some of the state’s charter schools.
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IPS terminates CFO after disagreement over budget

March 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Public Schools has fired its chief financial officer for “unsatisfactory work performance” one week after Superintendent Lewis Ferebee publicly disagreed with a financial assessment that said the district had a $30 million budget deficit.
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Lawmakers create an exit plan for takeover schoolsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
A bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year could help bring takeover schools out of their status as islands and reconnect them to larger school systems.
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Lawmakers seek to remove Indiana from Common Core

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 Wednesday to end the state's use of federal Common Core standards and instead adopt a series of state-written guidelines.
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IPS chief declares $30M budget deficit a mirage

March 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
New superintendent Lewis Ferebee unveiled the results of his analysis of IPS finances by saying a $30 million structural budget deficit wasn't real, but was instead the result of a "budgeting tactic" used by his predecessors.
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Plan would help pay loans for some Indiana teachers

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
The legislation would provide loan reimbursements of up to $9,000 for some of those teaching science, technology, engineering or math.
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Bill to excuse students for state fair heads to governor

March 5, 2014
Andi TenBarge, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 114 would let students have up to five excused absences from school to participate in the Indiana State Fair.
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Zionsville to use e-learning to make up snow days

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
Districts across the state have had to get creative to meet the state's requirement for instruction days.
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Legislation would allow ads on public school buses

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The bill, approved by the Indiana Senate 49-0, would allow advertising on school buses in two Indianapolis neighborhoods and a school district just north of the city.
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High school/college blend charter pitched by mayorRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to launch a new kind of charter school that would allow students to earn both high school and college credentials in fields with lots of jobs and good wages.
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Bill to help some teachers repay loans advances

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
Certain students who go on to teach science, math or special education in Indiana could get up to $9,000 to pay off loans if a legislative proposal becomes law.
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