Public schools

Effort to unify Marion County school calendars fails

September 17, 2014
 Scott Elliott, Chalkbeat Indiana
A major barrier was the fact that different local unions represent the teachers in different districts, and those union contracts didn’t match up in a variety of ways.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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Ritz asks for money to cover textbook costs

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is also asking for a 3-percent increase in education spending.
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State board settles open meetings suit, admits no guilt

September 4, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat Indiana
The State Board of Education will pay $15,000 to resolve allegations it used email to circumvent legal requirements.
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State OKs rules to license teachers without education degrees

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The State Board of Education approved new rules Wednesday for teacher licensing that make it easier for college graduates without education degrees to get jobs in Indiana classrooms.
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Lilly Endowment pumps $14.5M into MBAs for school leaders

September 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The endowment hopes to expand educational MBA programs, including one at the University of Indianapolis, to give business skills to more principals and superintendents at Indiana public schools.
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Indiana gets 1-year waiver of federal schools law

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday granted a one-year extension of Indiana's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law after the state resolved concerns.
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ISTA urges Pence to seek accountability delay

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's largest teachers union is urging Gov. Mike Pence to support freezing the state's education accountability system for one year because of revisions to the ISTEP test being driven by the state's new academic standards.
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Teachers, students facing new state standards

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana teachers and students starting the new school year will have to quickly get up to speed on the state's new academic standards, drafted only months ago to replace the national Common Core standards.
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ISTEPs bring 'mixed bag' for Indiana charter schools

August 4, 2014
Associated Press
Performance among Indiana's charter schools on the 2014 ISTEP tests ran the gamut from low passing rates to rates similar to the state's best public schools.
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Marion among counties picked for pre-K pilot program

July 22, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Five Indiana counties will be part of the state’s preschool pilot program for low-income children, which could be launched in early 2015.
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Indiana Democrats deal with education split

July 21, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The fighting has exposed a deep rift within the party over how students are educated.
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Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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Program preps students to teach at high-need schools

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
Forty-five Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows received incentives to attend cutting-edge master's degree programs at Ball State, IUPUI, Purdue University, the University of Indianapolis and Valparaiso University.
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Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million in federal "Title I" education funding that Indiana receives each year.
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Pence reappoints members of state education board

June 27, 2014
Associated Press
Pence announced Thursday that Indiana developer Gordon Hendry, Lake County attorney Tony Walker, Evansville teacher B.J. Watts and Huntington teacher Cari Whicker would serve new four-year terms.
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IPS, Mind Trust choose school-turnaround fellows

June 26, 2014
J.K. Wall
The fellows will work to develop new approaches for struggling IPS schools, including concepts that focus on entrepreneurship and the Montessori method.
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Indiana students to face 2 new tests next 2 years

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Major changes in the state's education policies will have Indiana students taking new, different standardized tests in each of the next two academic years, officials said Monday.
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State awards $8 million in school-improvement grants

June 20, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The grants – funded by the federal government – are awarded to schools that demonstrate a need for the money and plan to use the funds to raise achievement levels.
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Pence urges feds to OK education standards waiver

June 16, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The waiver allows Indiana to set different state standards for education without having to fully comply with the rules set by the controversial federal law.
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IPS says outside audits confirm budget surplus

June 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Two outside financial audits confirmed what Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee declared in March: IPS has been operating with a surplus rather than a deficit.
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School catering to juvenile offenders gets approval

June 7, 2014
Associated Press
The city will be the first in the nation to open a charter school designed for youth passing through the juvenile court system and other troubled students.
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Ritz: New ISTEP test coming sooner at federal request

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana must establish a new ISTEP test a year earlier than planned if state officials want to maintain their waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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Outside group calls for audit of teacher evaluation programs

June 3, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Stand for Children Indiana said the teacher evaluations conducted last year were inconsistent and that some districts failed to conduct annual evaluations of all certified educators.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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