Public schools

Chamber recommends IPS explore selling real estate

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools should immediately consider selling five of its buildings and work with IndyGo to transport students, according to a study by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
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Pence continues push for state-funded preschool

February 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made another pitch for a pilot program to help families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level send their children to public or private preschool.
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Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

February 4, 2014
The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
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Voucher students who never tried public school on the rise

January 27, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Four in 10 students using vouchers never attended an Indiana public school, even though the original 2011 law that authorized the program required it.
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Teachers could get help with expenses under House bill

January 23, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1349 would establish a Classroom Expense Fund, from which money would be advanced to educators across the state.
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Teachers could receive money to pay loans under proposed bill

January 21, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A bipartisan group in the Indiana House is working to give some public elementary or high school teachers $9,000 towards their student loans after three consecutive years of teaching.
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New state law might idle school bus fleets

January 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A state law intended to make sure cash-strapped public school districts pay their debt could have an unintended consequence: permanently parking the yellow buses that deliver students to class.
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Indiana House OKs early childhood education pilot program

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.
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Senate committee passes cursive writing requirement, again

January 15, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
For the third straight year, Sen. Jean Leising has convinced the Indiana Senate Education Committee to advance a bill that requires schools to teach cursive writing.
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IPS among four districts receiving F grades from state

January 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
IPS received 0.96 points, on a 4-point scale, based on its students’ performance in the 2012-13 school year—just shy of the full point needed to earn a D grade. Still, IPS’s score was greatly improved from the previous year.
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Bennett state ethics hearing pushed to May

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
A hearing on allegations that former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett misused his state office to do political work has been moved from Wednesday to May 8.
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NEWSMAKERS: Tony Bennett & Glenda Ritz

December 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
In November 2012, Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated Republican Tony Bennett in the race for Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction. But the two never stopped fighting each other.
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More public schools receive A grades, fewer get F's

December 20, 2013
 The Statehouse File
More Indiana schools received top grades under a system the Indiana State Board of Education approved Friday after months of political wrangling. Among the F's was a charter school that received a controversial A rating last year.
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Bennett finds state-level work with ACT testing

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a Common Core test to state education leaders.
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Pence looks to expand education overhaul

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced an expansive education plan Tuesday for his second year in office that will include seeking approval for vouchers for preschool-aged children, extending more state help for charter schools and paying for teachers to work in low-income school districts.
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Pence set to give details of new school proposals

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will speak about those proposals in a speech Tuesday at Indiana's original state capital building in Corydon.
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Ritz: Power grab outlined in Pence document

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, released an internal document Wednesday that she says is evidence a new agency created by Republican Gov. Mike Pence is trying to undermine her.
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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.
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Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence agreed last week to bring in the national group after disagreements escalated.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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National group will help mediate education board dispute

November 27, 2013
Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz met behind closed doors Tuesday and agreed to engage an outside group to help mediate disputes within the State Board of Education.
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Muncie OKs consolidating two high schools into one

November 19, 2013
Associated Press
School board members voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of turning Southside High School into a middle school and moving its students to Central High School.
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Ex-Indiana schools chief faces ethics complaint

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.
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State education board meeting erupts as Ritz walks out

November 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A tug-of-war between Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and 10 other members of the State Board of Education erupted during a discussion about Common Core curriculum standards, leading Ritz to abruptly adjourn the meeting and leave.
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Dispute sends Indiana education board into chaos

November 13, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The latest rift came shortly after the board approved a new outline for the state's A-F school grades.
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