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Pence set to give details of new school proposals

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will speak about those proposals in a speech Tuesday at Indiana's original state capital building in Corydon.
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Ritz: Power grab outlined in Pence document

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, released an internal document Wednesday that she says is evidence a new agency created by Republican Gov. Mike Pence is trying to undermine her.
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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.
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Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence agreed last week to bring in the national group after disagreements escalated.
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Lawson lauds $14M union insurance plan settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.
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School districts could recover $14 million in settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts which invested in a failed union health insurance plan could get back roughly half of the money they lost, if they approve the settlement.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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Indiana robotics event aims to boost STEM interest

November 30, 2013
Jessica Contrera
Indianapolis Vex Robotics Competition is designed to buttress science, technology, engineering and math skills.
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National group will help mediate education board dispute

November 27, 2013
Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz met behind closed doors Tuesday and agreed to engage an outside group to help mediate disputes within the State Board of Education.
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Access counselor says education board didn’t violate law

November 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Public Access Counselor Luke Britt also warned in an advisory opinion that "final decisions are meant to be open and transparent," and urged the board and agencies to be careful about following the spirit of the state's Open Door Law.
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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

November 23, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis firm that makes software for libraries has teamed with an elementary schoolteacher to improve kids’ reading skills by using books’ longtime nemesis—video games.
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Muncie OKs consolidating two high schools into one

November 19, 2013
Associated Press
School board members voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of turning Southside High School into a middle school and moving its students to Central High School.
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Ex-Indiana schools chief faces ethics complaint

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.
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State education board meeting erupts as Ritz walks out

November 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A tug-of-war between Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and 10 other members of the State Board of Education erupted during a discussion about Common Core curriculum standards, leading Ritz to abruptly adjourn the meeting and leave.
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Dispute sends Indiana education board into chaos

November 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The latest rift came shortly after the board approved a new outline for the state's A-F school grades.
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Ritz proposes veterans-to-teacher scholarship program

November 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Veterans could receive scholarships and college credits for their military experience if they pursue K-12 teaching in Indiana under a bipartisan proposal.
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UPDATE: Judge dismisses Ritz's Board of Education lawsuit

November 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A judge ruled that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz didn't have authority to go to court without representation from the attorney general.
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Pence: Data shows Indiana students second in gains

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Fifty-two percent of Indiana 4th graders tested at or above proficient in math, compared to the national average of 42 percent.
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Judge to decide soon if Ritz can sue board with own attorneys

November 5, 2013
A judge could decide as early as Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit that state Superintendent Glenda Ritz has filed against 10 members of the Board of Education she chairs.
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Zinn events keep spotlight on Daniels controversyRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
The controversy about former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ emails criticizing the late historian Howard Zinn will continue this month as professors, students and staff members gather at universities around the nation to read Zinn’s writings.
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School grade panel suggests new focus on 'growth'

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
If adopted by the State Board of Education, the new formula would grade schools on a 100-point scale based in part on how their students perform on standardized tests year-to-year.
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Panel backs changes for Indiana A-F school grades

October 29, 2013
Associated Press
The committee voted Monday to advance the recommendations to the State Board of Education, which is expected to consider adopting a new A-F grading model in November.
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Education board members ask Ritz to drop lawsuit

October 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Four members of the State Board of Education have asked Superintendent Glenda Ritz to drop a lawsuit she filed accusing them of taking secret, illegal action.
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State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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Education board member seeks dismissal of Ritz suit

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A member of the Indiana Board of Education asked a Marion County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed this week by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in Indiana's ongoing education battle.
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  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

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