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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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Voters OK Hamilton Southeastern school-funding tax hike

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Voters in the Hamilton Southeastern school district on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bump to their property taxes to provide the growing system an extra $5.5 million in funding each year for the next seven years.
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Indiana voters trending against schools in tax votes

November 7, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana voters seem willing to pay more in property taxes to help school districts cover operating costs. The results of last week's referendums, however, continue the trend against supporting plans for bigger, better schools during tough economic times.
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EDITORIAL: Tough love from taxpayers fed up with school spending

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Across Indiana, in more than a dozen different school districts over the past year, taxpayers have sent a message to administrators: We are no longer giving you a blank check.
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Education cuts could be coming, state schools chief says

November 5, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana's school chief warned school superintendents Thursday that declining state revenues could force cuts in public education spending, education officials said.
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Beech Grove school referendum passes, two others fail

November 4, 2009
Voters in Beech Grove on Tuesday endorsed a tax increase to keep school buses operating, while other education-related measures in two Marion County townships failed.
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Indiana students excel in some types of mathRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana schools are making huge strides in teaching students math required for careers in science, engineering and information technology jobs. But education experts point to stagnant test scores on national math exams as confirmation that many students still are not excelling, or are not even proficient, in the subject.
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Progress stalls on national, state math scores

October 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's students outscored the national average in mathematics on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, but the results show little improvement over previous years.
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Overhaul of teacher training threatens college budgets

October 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Proposed changes to teacher licensing rules are a threat in the eyes of most deans of Indiana’s colleges of education—both to the quality of teacher training and to the budgets of the colleges.
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New Indiana law requires schools to teach financial acumen

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett plans to meet a state mandate to offer financial instruction by incorporating the topic in the classroom via real-world example.
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