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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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Senate Dems push universal state-funded preschool program

September 12, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said the benefits of preschool are too important to ignore for Indiana to remain one of 10 states that doesn’t put state funding into the programs.
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Democrat calls for investigation of Bennett lists

September 12, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana's Senate Democratic leader called for an investigation Thursday after fundraising lists for former state schools chief Tony Bennett were discovered on state computers.
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Fundraiser lists, emails raise Bennett questions

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett faces scrutiny over the discovery of lists of Republican fundraisers on Department of Education servers and emails he sent directing staff to dissect a speech by Democrat Glenda Ritz.
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Lawmakers debate education standards, testing

September 11, 2013
Olivia Covington,  The Statehouse File
New college and career-ready assessments will gradually replace ISTEP, schools chief Glenda Ritz said at a legislative study committee meeting. But whether those assessments will be based on the controversial Common Core standards is still unclear.
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Scores from ISTEP ready for parents of students

September 9, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education released ISTEP scores Monday to the families of students, but is still working on tallies for schools and school districts.
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UPDATE: Review of A-F system finds no special treatment

September 6, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative review has found former Indiana state schools superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grade for a charter school as a matter of "quality control." The findings say the Christel House school in Indianapolis didn't receive special treatment.
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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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