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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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Cash-strapped schools eye full-day kindergarten

April 17, 2010
Associated Press
Many districts want to keep the full-day programs and say they're considering increasing fees to do so.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Catholic schools get final OK to become charters

April 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council gave its official blessing to two Catholic schools in poor neighborhoods converting into secular charters; they will receive new names by fall.
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State names second virtual charter school

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Rural Community Academy, in Sullivan, south of Terre Haute, can enroll as many as 280 students in the 2010-11 academic year. Those students would do most of their work from home, accessing lectures and school materials via the Internet.
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Thousands of teachers losing jobs, union says

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Teachers Association forecasts up to 5,000 teachers may lose their jobs. That's about 8 percent of public school teachers statewide.
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Anderson schools might cut 200-plus jobs

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
A central Indiana school district could see 20 percent of its jobs cut for next school year as it works to close a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.
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Schools decry funding disparity in lawsuit

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern will see its per-pupil spending of $5,000 drop about $100 in 2010 despite a projected 900-student increase, the lawsuit says. Indianapolis Public Schools, which has lost more than 1,000 students a year for the last five years, will receive $7,500 per student in 2010.
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Growing Indiana schools districts suing over funding

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern, Franklin Township and Middlebury Community Schools of Elkhart County say the school-funding formula unfairly penalizes districts with growing enrollments.
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Some Indianapolis charters see financial position weaken

February 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mayor's report shows smaller cash reserves for many schools, but one charter operator blames late government payments.
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State tries new plan to track students' growth

February 11, 2010
Associated Press
Instead of focusing on standardized tests, the Indiana Growth Model will monitor individual students' academic growth to measure their progress and identify effective teaching methods, state public education officials say.
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COPPER: Misunderstandings put Indiana school funding in a bind

February 6, 2010
Mike Copper
State government overreacted in its attempts to reign in construction costs, and should seek middle ground
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Indiana Senate panel approves school-start-date bill

January 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The committee endorsed legislation that would prevent the state's public schools from starting classes before Labor Day.
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Lilly Endowment gives another $6 million to ISU institute

January 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Philanthropic giant has gifted $29 million since 2003 to fund research and education in financial services.
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ISTA wants schools to tap reserves, rainy day funds

January 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
State teachers union's recommended approach differs sharply from spending cuts and salary freezes recommended by the Indiana Board of Education.
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City's sole high school will keep Anderson name

January 13, 2010
Associated Press
The district's school board voted 6-1 Tuesday night for a plan using the Anderson High School building for grades 10-12 starting next fall. The Highland High School building will house grades 7-9.
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State high school graduation rates keep rising

January 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
According to data released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education, 81.2 percent of Hoosier high school students scheduled to graduate in 2009 did.
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Board approves revamp of Indiana teacher licensing

January 7, 2010
Associated Press
The new rules are expected spur future teachers to spend more time learning subject matter and less time taking education classes.
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School foundations step up to pay for programs as funding dries upRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Washington Township Schools Foundation on the north side is among those that wants to raise money for buildings and other high-cost needs.
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PAYNE: How we can improve our 'talent dividend'

December 19, 2009
Brian Payne
We Hoosiers are starting to treat education with a sense of urgency and as something worth achieving. This response to our city’s, state’s and country’s education crisis is reassuring, because the stakes couldn’t be higher.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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WIEGAND: School competition good for community

December 5, 2009
Kurt Wiegand
It’s vitally important to have innovative, competitive and successful school options available to attract and retain middle-class families in the neighborhoods.
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HICKS: Content expertise best basis for teacher licensingRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Mike Hicks
At a time when we are desperate for science and math teachers, and when several big firms are laying off scientists, we should be jumping at the chance to get them into the classroom.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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