Public schools

Indiana Senate backs creationism teaching proposal

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public schools would be allowed to teach creationism in science classes as long as they include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions under a proposal approved Tuesday by the state Senate.
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Indiana Senate broadens teaching creationism proposal

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators on Monday broadened a proposal aimed at allowing Indiana's public schools to teach creationism in science classes to require that such courses include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions.
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Education committee backs looser school voucher rules

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
A proposal that would make thousands of current private school students eligible for Indiana's school voucher program has been endorsed by a state legislative committee, although cost concerns might block its chances of advancing this year.
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Indiana legislators consider basketball tourney bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate's education committee conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon on a bill that would force a return of the state's old single-class basketball tournament, along with provisions to block school districts from starting their academic year before Labor Day and require the teaching of cursive writing.
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Indiana schools chief Bennett gears up for re-election bidRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
String of controversial reforms draw campaign contributions, ire of opponents.
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Voucher experience positive for one local high school student

December 30, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Dayana Vazquez-Buquer is among 3,919 students from low- to moderate-income Indiana families who qualified for an Indiana Choice Scholarship this year. She praises the General Assembly for creating the voucher program.
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GOP-controlled Legislature overhauls K-12 education

December 24, 2011
This year saw the most sweeping changes to public education since the approval of teachers’ unions in 1973.
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Mind Trust calls for decentralizing IPS district

December 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
By gutting its central office, Indianapolis Public Schools could free up $188 million to provide universal preschool, to pay key teachers more than $100,000 a year and to transform itself into a network of autonomous “opportunity” schools.
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Advocates: Vouchers living up to expectations

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Nearly 4,000 students who formerly attended public schools are receiving tax money to help pay the cost of private school under Indiana's school voucher program, which is believed to be the nation's largest, officials say.
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Turnaround company wants to launch feeder schools

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Charter Schools USA, the Florida-based company tapped by the state government to turn around Howe and Manual high schools in Indianapolis, also wants to launch two charter elementary schools to help feed students into those schools.
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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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Central Indiana district hires law firm to defend bus fee

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Franklin Township board voted 3-2 Monday night to fight a parent lawsuit aimed at forcing the district to restore free school bus service.
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Indiana voucher memo confuses, concerns districts

November 20, 2011
Associated Press
A memo that sparked concern among Indiana's school districts by saying they would begin losing funding this month under the state's new private school voucher law was sent "prematurely" a state education official says.
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Central Indiana district plans to keep school-bus fee

November 17, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of the Franklin Township district in suburban Indianapolis say they don't intend to restore free school-bus service unless courts order them to do so.
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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.
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Indiana attorney general: School bus fees illegal

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in a legal opinion that it's unconstitutional for school districts to end free school bus service by turning transportation over to outside agencies.
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Indiana voucher program leads to reverse transfers

November 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's new school voucher law has prompted some parents to pull their children out of private schools and put them in public schools for a year so that they can become eligible for the state-funded program.
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Indiana school district that ended bus routes faces lawsuit

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis parent is suing Franklin Township schools over its decision to stop running school buses. The district this summer sold its buses to an education cooperative that now charges for transportation.
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Indy Schools chief demands charter investigation

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent wants the state to investigate charter schools that he claims break federal and state laws by turning away homeless and disabled students, a charge the president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association denies.
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Teachers sue 3 Indiana school districts, seek raises

October 21, 2011
Associated Press
The dispute, which includes schools in Noblesville, stems from changes passed by the Legislature earlier this year limiting collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions.
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Indiana schools chief says he has fences to mend

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said during a Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce forum on Tuesday that he understands the changes he has advocated make many teachers and other uncomfortable.
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IPS losing ground as state's biggest school district

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's two largest school districts both say they've seen small enrollment drops, with No. 2 Fort Wayne Community Schools inching closer in size to No. 1 Indianapolis Public Schools.
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Indiana schools chief lauds overhaul in annual speech

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett used his second annual assessment of the state's education system to promote a sweeping overhaul approved this year.
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New owners aim for big profit after buying IPS school on the cheap

September 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
The buyers of former IPS School 64 stand to make hundreds of thousands of dollars if they manage to flip the property they bought for just $20,000.
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Indiana Board of Education OKs takeovers of 5 schools

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
Private companies will take over five public schools that a state official called in "various stages of dire situations" after the State Board of Education made the recommendation Monday because of poor classroom performance.
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