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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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UPDATE: Judge dismisses Ritz's Board of Education lawsuit

November 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A judge ruled that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz didn't have authority to go to court without representation from the attorney general.
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Pence: Data shows Indiana students second in gains

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Fifty-two percent of Indiana 4th graders tested at or above proficient in math, compared to the national average of 42 percent.
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Judge to decide soon if Ritz can sue board with own attorneys

November 5, 2013
A judge could decide as early as Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit that state Superintendent Glenda Ritz has filed against 10 members of the Board of Education she chairs.
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School grade panel suggests new focus on 'growth'

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
If adopted by the State Board of Education, the new formula would grade schools on a 100-point scale based in part on how their students perform on standardized tests year-to-year.
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Panel backs changes for Indiana A-F school grades

October 29, 2013
Associated Press
The committee voted Monday to advance the recommendations to the State Board of Education, which is expected to consider adopting a new A-F grading model in November.
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Education board members ask Ritz to drop lawsuit

October 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Four members of the State Board of Education have asked Superintendent Glenda Ritz to drop a lawsuit she filed accusing them of taking secret, illegal action.
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State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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Education board member seeks dismissal of Ritz suit

October 23, 2013
Associated Press
A member of the Indiana Board of Education asked a Marion County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit filed this week by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in Indiana's ongoing education battle.
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Schools chief Ritz files suit against state board of education

October 22, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed a lawsuit Tuesday that accuses 10 members of the State Board of Education of violating state law in a secret effort to undermine her.
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School grade oversight moved to legislative agency

October 18, 2013
Associated Press
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long approved the move Friday after the State Board of Education wrote a letter questioning why Superintendent Glenda Ritz has yet to release the A-F grades or teacher effectiveness ratings.
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Former Star reporter to head new education website

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Chalkbeat Indiana will focus on Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indiana General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Editor Scott Elliott took the reins on Monday.
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District, ex-superintendent settle court fight over $1M payout

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township settled with former superintendent Terry Thompson, with neither side paying the other anything, according to Thompson's attorney.
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Ritz expects GOP effort to diminish her authority

October 9, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's comments followed the first meeting Wednesday of a committee that was started despite her objections to set new goals for the Board of Education.
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Lawmakers end voucher study with few clear answers

October 8, 2013
Associated Press
Both sides agreed they could use more data on how the individual voucher recipients are performing. More than 20,000 students applied for vouchers this year, up from roughly 9,300 students last year.
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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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Education board won't change schools' grades

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's State Board of Education declined Wednesday to change the grades for a handful of schools following a review of changes the former public schools superintendent made last year to the grading formula.
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Panel leans away from Common Core, despite higher costs

October 2, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A legislative committee studying controversial Common Core education standards is likely to recommend the state create its own curriculum rules and testing program despite higher costs, the group’s co-chairman said Tuesday.
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School-voucher applications in Indiana double again

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education reports it received 20,047 applications for vouchers for the 2013-14 school year.
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Pence balances party makeup on state education board

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is adding an Indianapolis Democrat to the State Board of Education following questions over whether the group had too many Republicans.
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Landmark Indiana gym faces talk of possible closure

September 23, 2013
Associated Press
Muncie school board members are considering closing the 6,000-seat Muncie Fieldhouse to save money. The gymnasium turns 85 in December.
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A-F panel begins work on new grading system

September 19, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Members of a new group studying the state’s A-F school grading system got to work Thursday with a history lesson of sorts that raised questions about the difficulty of marrying state and federal rules for education accountability.
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State ISTEP scores inch higher despite testing problems

September 18, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Hoosier students scored slightly higher on Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus exams taken in the spring, despite computer problems that interrupted some of the exams.
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Former IPS chief White takes reins at Martin University

September 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
Eugene White will assume the post of interim president after the departure of George Miller, who left just 18 months after accepting the top job.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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