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Pence aide leaving post, had role in grade scandal

August 19, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist, Heather Neal, who was chief of staff to former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett last year, will join Limestone Strategies as president of its public affairs practice.
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UPDATE: Indy schools seek records on state takeovers

August 15, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders filed a public records request Thursday seeking information on the 2011 takeover of four schools amid questions about the integrity of the state's A-F school grading formula.
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Golfer finishes coast-to-coast fundraiser for Indy school

August 14, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Luke Bielawski, a student from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, spent 96 days this summer teeing off from California to South Carolina to raise money for Providence Cristo Rey High School.
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Indiana officials find school grading 'manipulation'

August 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials have found evidence of "manipulation" in the state's school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.
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Indiana testing vendor having troubles in Oklahoma, too

August 6, 2013
Associated Press
CTB/McGraw-Hill, the second-largest educational testing service in the U.S., has apologized for computer issues that disrupted thousands of students' online tests in Oklahoma and Indiana in late April.
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Online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
Hoosier Academies and Indiana Connections Academy are both sponsored by Ball State University. Neither school came close to the state average for ISTEP+ scores last year.
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Indiana lawmakers launch review of school grading scandal

August 2, 2013
Associated Press
Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday the creation of an independent task force to review the school grading system.
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Fate of Indiana school grading system uncertain

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
The American Federation of Teachers says Indiana should immediately suspend its A-F school grading system because of emails showing former schools chief Tony Bennett changed the grading formula to benefit a top GOP donor's school.
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Bennett resigns as Florida education chief after emails reveal grade fix

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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Pence stands by school-grading system

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
Pence said the system is "an essential part" of accountability measures designed to improve education in Indiana.
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Review, resignation urged in Indiana grading flap

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana education leaders on Tuesday pledged a thorough review of the state's system for evaluating schools after a former official who now serves as Florida's education commissioner worked to alter a grade for a school founded by a top Republican donor.
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Report: Bennett changed GOP donor's school grade

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana school Superintendent Tony Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to ensure influential donor Christel DeHaan's charter school received an "A," despite poor test scores in algebra that initially earned it a "C."
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ISTEP disruptions had no impact on scores, review finds

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The report released Monday by the Indiana Department of Education shows nearly 143,000 students in grades three through eight had at least one part of their test interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline.
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Daniels' attack on text part of conservative push

July 18, 2013
Associated Press
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels' directive was part of a broader conservative push to move all of the training of school teachers out of the nation's teaching colleges.
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As governor, Daniels targeted liberal 'propaganda,' emails show

July 16, 2013
Associated Press
Emails obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show Daniels requested that historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn's writings be banned from classrooms and asked for a "cleanup" of college courses.
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Outside review of ISTEP glitches nears completion

July 9, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana parents could finally learn how their children did on the state's annual ISTEP+ exam after an outside review of testing glitches wraps up later this month.
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IPS taps Ferebee as district's next superintendent

July 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The IPS board has chosen Lewis Ferebee from North Carolina to replace Eugene White, who led IPS for nearly eight years. The 39-year-old Ferebee has been chief of staff in the Durham Public Schools district, roughly the same size as IPS.
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Operators of takeover schools worry about funding

June 30, 2013
Associated Press
Private companies that were hired to run five Indiana schools taken over by the state for poor performance say they might not be able to continue because of funding concerns.
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IPS to lay off 109 workers, look for further cuts

June 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The state’s second-largest public school district is continuing to look for further cost reductions in its operations and, down the road, in its buildings.
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District names three finalists for superintendent

June 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools has narrowed its search for a superintendent to three out-of-state candidates who have never served as the top leader at a school district before.
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ISTEP firm faces third-degree from lawmakers, big damages

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent announced Friday she is seeking at least $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for ISTEP testing troubles as the company's president apologized to state lawmakers.
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Disparate Indiana pols agree ISTEP answers needed

June 16, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative panel studying why 78,000 test-takers were frozen out of the high-stakes exam test last month plans to meet Friday to hear from CTB/McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley on what went wrong.
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ITT Educational branches into charter schoolsRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
The for-profit educator won approval last month to start a charter school for 11th- and 12th-graders inside one of its ITT Technical Institutes in Indianapolis.
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Outside reviewer picked to study ISTEP troubles

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
An independent review of Indiana's ISTEP test results is under way one month after computer troubles disrupted test-taking for thousands of students this spring.
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Goodwill to open four more dropout recovery schools

June 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
But further expansion is on hold because of a state freeze on new adult-focused charter schools. Lawmakers are concerned the schools are siphoning funds from K-12 education.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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