K-12

Schools face ISTEP+ problems for 2nd straight day

April 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
School districts trying to administer Indiana's required standardized test encountered new problems Tuesday that forced the state to suspend testing for a second straight day. The problems brought a hailstorm of complaints.
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Fate of new Indiana school standards unclear

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative plan that would "pause" Indiana's adoption of a national set of reading and math education standards has the backing of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, although many questions surround what that step would mean for the state's classrooms.
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Glitches halt online ISTEP testing for Indiana schools

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
School districts across the state suspended the first day of ISTEP+ online testing Monday because of computer issues. IPS is reporting more problems Tuesday.
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Indiana State Teachers Association elects new leader

April 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Teresa Meredith, an elementary teacher from Shelbyville, has been elected president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, replacing long-time leader Nate Schnellenberger.
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Voucher expansion awaits governor's signature

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have approved an expansion of the nation's broadest private school voucher program that will allow more children to be immediately eligible.
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Bill would delay new Indiana school standards

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators prepared a compromise bill Thursday that would suspend implementation of a national set of reading and math education standards for a year while new state reviews are done.
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Indiana lawmakers approve looser superintendent rules

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
School district superintendents would no longer have to hold an Indiana superintendent's or teacher's license under a proposal that won final legislative approval on Monday.
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Revoked charters could be forgiven $12M in loans

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
Seven schools whose charters were revoked by Ball State University in January would be absolved of payments along with another school which did not seek to renew its charter.
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Lawmakers draw close on limited voucher-expansion plan

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators are hammering out a modest expansion of the state's school voucher program following a meeting of House and Senate lawmakers.
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Indiana House turns aside school guns proposal

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Thursday pulled a proposal to have the state's public schools consider having employees, including teachers and principals, carry guns during school hours.
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Fiscal tug-of-war stalls Indiana voucher expansion

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to make vouchers more widely available to families has met a roadblock: So despite the momentum, lawmakers say they want more time to look at the voucher program approved two years ago.
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Bill to change school-grades system moves forward

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's A-F grading system for individual schools would be scrapped and implementation suspended on a national set of reading and math education standards under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday.
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Looser superintendent rules advance on tiebreaker

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license passed the state Senate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast her first tie-breaking vote.
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Limited school voucher expansion approved by Senate

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate proposal would allow siblings of students already receiving vouchers to qualify for the program, raise the value of each voucher by $200 and eliminate a one-year waiting period in public schools for students who attend "failing" schools.
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Indianapolis controller leaving for education group

April 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will lose its controller a few months before the 2014 budget is due to be presented to the City-County Council.
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School guns mandate dropped from House bill

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana legislative committee has dropped a proposed requirement that all public and charter schools have a gun-carrying employee during school hours.
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Indiana governor against school guns mandate

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he believes local school officials should make decisions about security rather than being required to have an employee armed with a loaded gun during school hours.
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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.
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Bill calls for armed staffers at all Indiana schools

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a proposal that would require all public and charter schools in the state to have an employee with a loaded gun present during school hours.
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Senate panel approves diluted voucher expansion

March 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate Education Committee is signing off on a limited expansion of school vouchers one day after the state's highest court deemed vouchers constitutional.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds school voucher program

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools. The decision paves the way for a possible expansion of the program.
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Senators ask for time to study school vouchers

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Any expansion of Indiana's already ambitious school voucher program may have to wait after senators pushed for more information Wednesday to determine the effects of the fledgling program.
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Rally denounces proposed Indiana voucher expansion

March 19, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program was denounced during a Statehouse rally on Tuesday as a step that would take millions of dollars away from the state's public schools.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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Study: Half of county's students in 'high-quality' schools

March 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
A study by Chicago-based IFF found that 49 percent of K-12 students in Marion County are in schools that earned an A or B last year from the Indiana Department of Education.
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