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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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State charter schools leader takes national job

June 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Russ Simnick, president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association since 2008, has taken a job with the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the IPCSA announced Tuesday.
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Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million is owed the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.
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Outside review sought for Indiana exam results

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Department of Education is seeking an outside review of the ISTEP test results following a series of computer glitches that will likely delay test results until July.
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Indiana 8th-graders best most nations in math, scienceRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the same year the Legislature passed a set of sweeping reforms to improve Indiana’s public schools, Indiana’s eighth-graders were scoring No. 7 in the world on an international math test.
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Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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Fort Wayne schools want 3rd party to review ISTEP

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district says it won't accept results of this year's standardized testing until an independent third party validates the scores.
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Lilly Endowment's $3.4M grant to bring more teachers to Indy

May 22, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will use the grant to help support teacher recruitment and training programs such as Teach for America.
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Herff Jones acquisition to form $1B company

May 16, 2013
Mason King
Dallas-based BSN Sports will join the Herff Jones portfolio of companies and continue to operate as its own branded entity. Combined annual revenue is expected to top $1 billion.
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Ball State: 5 revoked charter schools lose appeals

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University has closed the books on its January decision to pull its sponsorship of seven academically struggling Indiana charter schools.
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Indianapolis schools encounter more ISTEP glitches

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis students trying to complete standardized tests that already have been delayed by technical issues have encountered more problems.
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Indiana schools seeing more success with tax hikes

May 12, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts that won voters' approval last week for the majority of the tax increases they had sought to boost school funding may be becoming more skilled at selling the public on the need for those tax hikes.
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'Pause' on Common Core leaves teachers in limbo

May 11, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers voted last month to delay full implementation of the academic standards to allow time to study the potential costs of implementing or abandoning the standards and hold public meetings.
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Howe toughest test yet for reformers of troubled city schools

May 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Thomas Carr Howe Community High School, one of four taken over by the state Department of Education, is being remade yet again. And this time it faces a slew of competitors in the education-reform arena.
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Pence signs Indiana voucher expansion bill

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence visited Calvary Christian School on the south side of Indianapolis on Thursday to sign the plan that will make more children eligible for vouchers.
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Hamilton County voters approve school referendums

May 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A $95 million expansion of Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern high schools, and a $28 million project to expand Noblesville High School were approved by voters Tuesday.
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New rules allow home-schoolers to join public school teams

May 2, 2013
Associated Press
Some home-schooled students will be eligible to join sports teams at their local public schools under new rules adopted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
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ISTEP testing continues after early-week problems

May 2, 2013
Associated Press
The state Department of Education has asked schools for a second straight day to reduce the number of students taking the test by half to avoid more problems.
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Indiana resumes ISTEP testing after 2 days of delays

May 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education said the administration of the ISTEP+ exams' online portion resumed Wednesday morning, but schools are being asked to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice.
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Indiana ISTEP testing to resume, but at half the test load

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Required standardized tests for Indiana students will resume Wednesday after two days of computer glitches, but state officials asked schools to cut their normal test loads by half to avoid more problems.
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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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