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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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Governor's education agenda includes vouchers

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent Tony Bennett pitched their ideas Wednesday to Indiana's Education Roundtable, a group of education and business leaders.
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State memo: Schools won't see more budget cuts

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Memo from Superintendent Tony Bennett to district administrators says there are "no current plans for reductions"
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Judge denies motion to dismiss school funding suit

November 29, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools say the school formula violates the state constitution's requirement for "general and uniform" public education funding because districts get different per-pupil amounts.
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Three-quarters of state high schools miss standards

November 23, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's top education official says the latest performance statistics show schools are failing students once they reach high school.
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Governor wants to reward early high school graduates

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to ask the General Assembly to allow students who choose to graduate early to use much of the money the state would save to pay for higher education.
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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.
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How hard is it to fire a teacher, really?

November 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Red tape involved in firing teachers is thick. But risk-averse administrators may be the bigger problem.
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School referendums voted down in several districts

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Voters shot down school referendums in several central Indiana districts Tuesday, including Zionsville, Anderson, Center Grove, Mount Vernon, Shelby County and Elwood.
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Numerous school referendums face decision time

November 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In central Indiana, the Hamilton Southeastern and Lebanon school districts want more money to build schools or renovate existing ones, while Zionsville School Corp. is seeking additional funding for operating expenses.
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Oaks Academy pondering how to fund a second locationRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
J.K. Wall
Local leaders are encouraging The Oaks Academy to duplicate its successful urban private school model at a second location as part of the massive investment in near-east-side redevelopment spurred on by Indianapolis’ successful bid for the 2012 Super Bowl.
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United Way hires public policy chief to focus on education issues

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The position at United Way of Central Indiana had been vacant because of budget issues.
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HICKS: Early-childhood education benefits the economyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Mike Hicks
Plunging into the economics of diapers and pre-literacy programs hardly filled me with gleeful anticipation (though for the record I am a wicked-good diaper changer).
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New 'Superman' fellowship hoping to start local charter schools

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Playing off the new education reform documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” the GEO Foundation is using a $100,000 grant to fund a fellowship to launch charter schools in Indianapolis.
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Daniels hoping GOP victory will pave way for education reformRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels and public schools chief Tony Bennett have major legislative changes they want to make to implement their education reform ideas—but to do it they need their Republican Party to regain control of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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Schools, state argue in court over funding formula

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming its school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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UIndy to manage teacher bonus pay program at 44 schools

October 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
The University of Indianapolis has been selected to manage a $32.7 million effort to improve schools through teacher-improvement programs and performance-based bonuses.
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Local school district gets $12M magnet school grant

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Schools is the only school system in Indiana and one of just 36 nationwide receiving the grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Marian joins Bush initiative to train school principals

September 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Marian University in Indianapolis is one of six schools or school districts signed up with the George W. Bush Institute to train school principals in business-like management techniques.
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Indianapolis schools continue big enrollment drop

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools lost more than 900 students from last school year, putting it within 800 students of falling behind Fort Wayne's school district as the state's largest.
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Court delays hearing on Indiana school funding lawsuit

September 14, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming the school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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Indiana's average SAT scores drop slightly

September 13, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's combined score on the three portions of the exam was 1,482 out of a possible 2,400 points. Nationally, the average was 1,509.
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Urban schools gather momentum in Indianapolis area

August 21, 2010
Norm Heikens
Resurgent Marion County districts are showing up affluent districts in improving student performance.
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Assistant commissioner promoted to lead IHSAA

August 6, 2010
Associated Press
The IHSAA announced Friday that Bobby Cox would replace Blake Ress as commissioner in February when Ress retires after 10-1/2 years in the position.
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UIndy forges relationships between schools and bizRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Business leaders often criticize schools, but sometimes have little first-hand experiences with them.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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