Public schools

Governor's education agenda includes vouchers

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent Tony Bennett pitched their ideas Wednesday to Indiana's Education Roundtable, a group of education and business leaders.
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State memo: Schools won't see more budget cuts

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Memo from Superintendent Tony Bennett to district administrators says there are "no current plans for reductions"
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Three-quarters of state high schools miss standards

November 23, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana's top education official says the latest performance statistics show schools are failing students once they reach high school.
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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.
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Numerous school referendums face decision time

November 2, 2010
Scott Olson
In central Indiana, the Hamilton Southeastern and Lebanon school districts want more money to build schools or renovate existing ones, while Zionsville School Corp. is seeking additional funding for operating expenses.
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Schools, state argue in court over funding formula

October 13, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming its school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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UIndy to manage teacher bonus pay program at 44 schools

October 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
The University of Indianapolis has been selected to manage a $32.7 million effort to improve schools through teacher-improvement programs and performance-based bonuses.
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Local school district gets $12M magnet school grant

October 5, 2010
Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Schools is the only school system in Indiana and one of just 36 nationwide receiving the grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
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Tired-but-proud school buildings find new missions

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
More unneeded buildings are slated to be sold off by Indianapolis Public Schools, but creative people have turned other former schools into reuse gems.
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Indianapolis schools continue big enrollment drop

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools lost more than 900 students from last school year, putting it within 800 students of falling behind Fort Wayne's school district as the state's largest.
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Court delays hearing on Indiana school funding lawsuit

September 14, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Franklin Township Schools and Middlebury Community Schools sued the state in February, claiming the school funding formula unfairly penalizes growing districts.
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UPDATE: Irvington charter school finds new home

July 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Under the agreement, Irvington Community School will lease the building from the city for 15 years at a cost of $1 annually.
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State selects Marian to train turnaround leaders

July 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Department of Education has awarded Marian University a $500,000 contract to operate a Turnaround Leadership Academy, designed to train school leaders who can lead rapid improvements at struggling schools.
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Attorney general says schools can't charge bus riders

July 13, 2010
Associated Press
The opinion presents a complication for districts like Franklin Township Schools on the south side of Indianapolis, which had been counting on charging a bus fee of about $75 per rider beginning this fall.
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Herron High School ranked among nation's best

June 15, 2010
Newsweek's list of top high schools, released Monday, ranks more than 1,600 schools, including 28 in Indiana.
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Indiana teachers unions hope Congress helps states

June 10, 2010
Associated Press
The leader of Indiana's largest teachers union says if Congress approves up to $300 million for Indiana schools, it could save as many as 7,200 public school employee jobs, including those of Indiana teachers, teaching assistants and bus drivers.
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Voters back school-funding plans across central Indiana

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Voters in Washington Township, Pike Township, Speedway, Carmel Clay and Noblesville approved higher tax rates to help prevent teacher cuts or support building projects.
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Several school districts seek passage of referendums

May 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Administrators are asking for millions of dollars of additional money to prevent teacher cuts and to support school building projects.
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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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Cash-strapped schools eye full-day kindergarten

April 17, 2010
Associated Press
Many districts want to keep the full-day programs and say they're considering increasing fees to do so.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Catholic schools get final OK to become charters

April 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council gave its official blessing to two Catholic schools in poor neighborhoods converting into secular charters; they will receive new names by fall.
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Anderson schools might cut 200-plus jobs

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
A central Indiana school district could see 20 percent of its jobs cut for next school year as it works to close a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

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