Public schools

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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'Pause' on Common Core leaves teachers in limbo

May 11, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers voted last month to delay full implementation of the academic standards to allow time to study the potential costs of implementing or abandoning the standards and hold public meetings.
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Pence signs Indiana voucher expansion bill

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence visited Calvary Christian School on the south side of Indianapolis on Thursday to sign the plan that will make more children eligible for vouchers.
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New rules allow home-schoolers to join public school teams

May 2, 2013
Associated Press
Some home-schooled students will be eligible to join sports teams at their local public schools under new rules adopted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
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ISTEP testing continues after early-week problems

May 2, 2013
Associated Press
The state Department of Education has asked schools for a second straight day to reduce the number of students taking the test by half to avoid more problems.
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Indiana resumes ISTEP testing after 2 days of delays

May 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Education said the administration of the ISTEP+ exams' online portion resumed Wednesday morning, but schools are being asked to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice.
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Indiana ISTEP testing to resume, but at half the test load

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Required standardized tests for Indiana students will resume Wednesday after two days of computer glitches, but state officials asked schools to cut their normal test loads by half to avoid more problems.
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Schools face ISTEP+ problems for 2nd straight day

April 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
School districts trying to administer Indiana's required standardized test encountered new problems Tuesday that forced the state to suspend testing for a second straight day. The problems brought a hailstorm of complaints.
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Fate of new Indiana school standards unclear

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
A legislative plan that would "pause" Indiana's adoption of a national set of reading and math education standards has the backing of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, although many questions surround what that step would mean for the state's classrooms.
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Glitches halt online ISTEP testing for Indiana schools

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
School districts across the state suspended the first day of ISTEP+ online testing Monday because of computer issues. IPS is reporting more problems Tuesday.
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Indiana State Teachers Association elects new leader

April 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Teresa Meredith, an elementary teacher from Shelbyville, has been elected president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, replacing long-time leader Nate Schnellenberger.
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Voucher expansion awaits governor's signature

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have approved an expansion of the nation's broadest private school voucher program that will allow more children to be immediately eligible.
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Bill would delay new Indiana school standards

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators prepared a compromise bill Thursday that would suspend implementation of a national set of reading and math education standards for a year while new state reviews are done.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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