Public schools

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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Bennett endorses private operators for 4 IPS schools

August 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's public schools chief wants two outside organizations to take over operation of four troubled Indianapolis schools.
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Test scores, attitudes improving at Indianapolis magnet schoolRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
High expectations set tone for Indianapolis Public School's Harshman Middle School overhaul.
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Judge denies request to block state voucher program

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be upheld.
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Judge weighs request to block Indiana voucher program

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele said he would rule early next week on a request from a group of teachers and religious leaders backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association to issue a preliminary injunction keeping the law from taking effect.
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Indiana voucher program sees 2,200 students enlist

August 8, 2011
Associated Press
The Department of Education began accepting applications to its broad-sweeping new school voucher program a month ago. Since then, 2,230 students have been accepted into the program
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School on Wheels wants dozens of volunteersRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The organization provides tutoring to students in area homeless shelters.
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Indiana schools chief suggests grades for districts

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's public education chief wants to start giving school districts letter grades on an A-to-F scale to hold them accountable for how their schools perform.
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Charter school trying to build on test-score progressRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indy Met's structured approach helped more students pass algebra, English exams. Now many say the school should work on solidifying its gains.
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Critics knock school superintendent pay-cap idea

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The suggestion that Indiana lawmakers impose a limit on the pay for school district superintendents doesn't seem to have much support.
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State names potential turnaround operators for failing schools

July 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New York-based EdisonLearning, Florida-based Charters Schools USA Inc. and Indianapolis-based EdPower could be given control of one or more of the seven schools judged failing by the state.
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Skillman gives $1M to Center Grove schools

July 20, 2011
Scott Olson
In exchange for donating $1 million to Center Grove schools so athletes don't have to pay a new participation fee, local auto dealer Ray Skillman gets to post advertising signs on several athletic facilities, scoreboards and concession stands.
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School voucher program draws early interest

July 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About 385 families have requested state tuition assistance at private schools since July 11, when the Indiana Department of Education started accepting applications for its new voucher program.
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UPDATE: Teachers, others sue over school voucher law

July 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Teachers Association filed the lawsuit in Marion County on Friday seeking to block the state's new school voucher law. Plaintiffs include teachers, school administrators, clergy and taxpayers.
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Talent Alliance to help high schools track graduates

June 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
A nearly $79,000 grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation will be used to help Marion County high schools track where their students go after graduation.
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Ex-charter school teacher to lead school effort

June 20, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's education chief has appointed a former charter school teacher to lead the state's efforts to turn around 18 chronically failing schools.
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High schools still track students after graduationRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Even after 45 seniors from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School grabbed their diplomas and threw their mortar boards at a June 4 commencement, they knew they wouldn’t lose touch with their school. It’s not allowed at Indy Met.
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ISTEP breaches spur closer look at testing

June 5, 2011
Associated Press
Rising concerns about cheating on Indiana's standardized tests have prompted the state Department of Education to keep closer tabs on how the test is administered.
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