Public schools

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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LEADING QUESTIONS: Influential Miles enjoys wide reach

June 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Miles_WatchVideoWhat's the status of the Super Bowl? Mass transit for Indy? Economic development? How is one man so connected? Mark Miles shrugs off "power broker" but fits the bill.
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State eyes possible takeover of 18 failing schools

June 1, 2011
Associated Press
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said it's simply unacceptable to have six straight years of failing schools.
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Schools weigh options after voters nix tax hikes

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
School districts across the state continue to struggle in their attempts to win voter approval for operating money or building projects, which a researcher attributes to continued worries about the economy.
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Districts: Full-day kindergarten funds not enough

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to allocate $47 million for full-day kindergarten in districts that don't offer it isn't likely to be enough to make that vision a reality, some districts say.
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Should the mayor have control of Indianapolis' public schools?

April 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A group of local power brokers is quietly assembling a plan that would transfer control of Indianapolis Public Schools to the mayor.
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Bill on teacher union rights heads to governor

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
A bill to restrict Indiana teachers' collective bargaining rights has cleared its final legislative hurdle, becoming the first part of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda to make it to the governor's desk.
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School district to take science instruction online

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Students in a central Indiana community will soon get their science instruction online instead of through textbooks, but the technology will come at a price.
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UPDATE: Extra tax dollars aimed at full-day kindergarten

April 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A projected increase in state revenue should allow all Indiana school districts to provide full-day kindergarten, a long-time goal of the governor and many education officials.
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Indiana's largest school system cutting 357 teachers

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools said Wednesday it will cut 357 teaching jobs to fill a nearly $21 million budget hole due to cuts in state funding.
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Indiana panels OK teacher merit pay, voucher bills

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Two pieces of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education plan, a voucher plan that would direct taxpayer money to private schools and a merit pay bill that links teacher pay to student performance, cleared key legislative hurdles Wednesday.
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