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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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State lawmakers advance roads, education measures

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers advanced a wide range of measures Thursday as they headed into the final two weeks of their 2014 session, setting up last-minute negotiations on everything from road funding to education.
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Indiana House backs tossing national school standards

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 67-26 Thursday to nix the Common Core school standards currently in place.
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Technical diploma bill headed to full Senate

February 26, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A bill that would create a career and technical diploma for high school students passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
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Pence continues pitch for preschool voucher plan

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Wednesday morning highlighting the work of an Indianapolis preschool as he made a final pitch for an early education voucher plan that has foundered in the Legislature.
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IPS violating law requiring equal athletic opportunities

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
The cash-strapped Indianapolis Public Schools must provide more athletic opportunities for female students at six high schools to comply with Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday.
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Cash-strapped IPS to dismiss 23 administrators

February 26, 2014
J.K. Wall
Personnel costs make up about 90 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools' general fund budget of $263.7 million, which prompted an Indy Chamber committee that recently analyzed the system's finances to call for cuts in that area.
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Indiana Senate amends pre-K education bill

February 24, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate shot down two proposed amendments to the pre-K education bill Monday, before finally accepting an amendment to add another member to the study commission.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Preschool education bill could be in trouble

February 19, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The chairman of the Senate education committee said some senators are concerned about the bill–which would create a five-county pilot preschool program–due to its cost and connection to the state’s private school voucher system.
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Lockheed Martin grants $6M to program of local ed group

February 18, 2014
The funds will boost an initiative by Project Lead the Way Inc. to expand science- and math-related curriculums in U.S. urban school districts.
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Pence continues push for state-funded preschool

February 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made another pitch for a pilot program to help families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level send their children to public or private preschool.
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Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

February 4, 2014
The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
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Deadline nears for saving Anderson's Wigwam gym

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
School officials say a plan is needed to pay ongoing costs at Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium while a group trying to save the building faces a deadline to hold off its demolition.
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IPS boss supports cooperating with charter schoolsRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
A pending bill could usher in unprecedented cooperation between Indianapolis Public Schools and the city’s charter schools, resulting in significant financial benefits for both.
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Voucher students who never tried public school on the rise

January 27, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Four in 10 students using vouchers never attended an Indiana public school, even though the original 2011 law that authorized the program required it.
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