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Mind Trust fills leadership positions

June 28, 2010
The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit has a new president and a vice president of strategic growth initiatives.
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Walton charity pledges $1.2M for Indy charters

June 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An Arkansas-based charity, formed by Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, will run a competition to award grants to five community organizations that want to start charter schools.
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EDITORIAL: Improvement needed, but value of statistics in education limited

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Few Hoosiers have any concept of the scope of the information tsunami washing over state education policy, but they’re beginning to find out.
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Herron High School ranked among nation's best

June 15, 2010
Newsweek's list of top high schools, released Monday, ranks more than 1,600 schools, including 28 in Indiana.
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Indiana bringing information revolution to public schools

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The state is building a massive data system with a tough-love intent of rewarding good educators and schools and hammering poor performers.
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Simon Youth Foundation hires Hetrick to handle national branding, marketing

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Simon Youth Foundation, a local not-for-profit, helps at-risk high school students across the country by partnering with local school systems.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra women's committee adopts more inclusive name

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 800-member group hopes to attract more men to its ranks.
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Other states join Indiana in spurning grant program

May 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the "Race to the Top" program, but at least nine others including Indiana are opting out of trying a second time.
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Voters back school-funding plans across central Indiana

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Voters in Washington Township, Pike Township, Speedway, Carmel Clay and Noblesville approved higher tax rates to help prevent teacher cuts or support building projects.
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Several school districts seek passage of referendums

May 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Administrators are asking for millions of dollars of additional money to prevent teacher cuts and to support school building projects.
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Education trend targets training for principals

May 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Three Hoosier universities—Notre Dame, Marian and Indiana—are moving to launch programs that seek to apply MBA-style training to the unique demands of schools.
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Scott Jones brings Lemonade Day to Indianapolis kids

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Launched in Houston three years ago, Lemonade Day aims to educate children from pre-kindergarten through high school how to start, own and operate their own small businesses.
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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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