Public schools

Panel to make recommendations for grading system

August 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State leaders have created another new education panel – this one to help develop an A-F grading system to replace one that has come under fire following accusations it was adjusted to help a specific school.
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ISTEP results delayed again; target now Sept. 9

August 27, 2013
Associated Press
The release of the results of ISTEP tests taken by Indiana students this spring is being delayed further.
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Pence says new agency to help students find work

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he's creating a new state agency that will gear public education to better meet the needs of employers, a move that the state's top public education official said she was not consulted on.
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Youth camp suing to block planned hog farm

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half-mile from the 600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.
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UPDATE: Indy schools seek records on state takeovers

August 15, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders filed a public records request Thursday seeking information on the 2011 takeover of four schools amid questions about the integrity of the state's A-F school grading formula.
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Indiana officials find school grading 'manipulation'

August 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials have found evidence of "manipulation" in the state's school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.
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Indiana testing vendor having troubles in Oklahoma, too

August 6, 2013
Associated Press
CTB/McGraw-Hill, the second-largest educational testing service in the U.S., has apologized for computer issues that disrupted thousands of students' online tests in Oklahoma and Indiana in late April.
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Online schools face scrutiny over scores, growth

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
Hoosier Academies and Indiana Connections Academy are both sponsored by Ball State University. Neither school came close to the state average for ISTEP+ scores last year.
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Fate of Indiana school grading system uncertain

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
The American Federation of Teachers says Indiana should immediately suspend its A-F school grading system because of emails showing former schools chief Tony Bennett changed the grading formula to benefit a top GOP donor's school.
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Bennett resigns as Florida education chief after emails reveal grade fix

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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ISTEP disruptions had no impact on scores, review finds

July 29, 2013
Associated Press
The report released Monday by the Indiana Department of Education shows nearly 143,000 students in grades three through eight had at least one part of their test interrupted when server glitches kicked them offline.
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Outside review of ISTEP glitches nears completion

July 9, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana parents could finally learn how their children did on the state's annual ISTEP+ exam after an outside review of testing glitches wraps up later this month.
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IPS taps Ferebee as district's next superintendent

July 1, 2013
J.K. Wall
The IPS board has chosen Lewis Ferebee from North Carolina to replace Eugene White, who led IPS for nearly eight years. The 39-year-old Ferebee has been chief of staff in the Durham Public Schools district, roughly the same size as IPS.
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Operators of takeover schools worry about funding

June 30, 2013
Associated Press
Private companies that were hired to run five Indiana schools taken over by the state for poor performance say they might not be able to continue because of funding concerns.
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IPS to lay off 109 workers, look for further cuts

June 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The state’s second-largest public school district is continuing to look for further cost reductions in its operations and, down the road, in its buildings.
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District names three finalists for superintendent

June 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Public Schools has narrowed its search for a superintendent to three out-of-state candidates who have never served as the top leader at a school district before.
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ISTEP firm faces third-degree from lawmakers, big damages

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent announced Friday she is seeking at least $614,000 in damages from CTB/McGraw-Hill for ISTEP testing troubles as the company's president apologized to state lawmakers.
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Disparate Indiana pols agree ISTEP answers needed

June 16, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative panel studying why 78,000 test-takers were frozen out of the high-stakes exam test last month plans to meet Friday to hear from CTB/McGraw-Hill President Ellen Haley on what went wrong.
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Outside reviewer picked to study ISTEP troubles

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
An independent review of Indiana's ISTEP test results is under way one month after computer troubles disrupted test-taking for thousands of students this spring.
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Goodwill to open four more dropout recovery schools

June 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
But further expansion is on hold because of a state freeze on new adult-focused charter schools. Lawmakers are concerned the schools are siphoning funds from K-12 education.
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Indiana voucher program returns $5M to public schools

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that $5 million is owed the state's schools because of savings achieved through school vouchers.
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Fort Wayne schools want 3rd party to review ISTEP

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district says it won't accept results of this year's standardized testing until an independent third party validates the scores.
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Lilly Endowment's $3.4M grant to bring more teachers to Indy

May 22, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will use the grant to help support teacher recruitment and training programs such as Teach for America.
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Ball State: 5 revoked charter schools lose appeals

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University has closed the books on its January decision to pull its sponsorship of seven academically struggling Indiana charter schools.
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Indianapolis schools encounter more ISTEP glitches

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis students trying to complete standardized tests that already have been delayed by technical issues have encountered more problems.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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