Public schools

Indiana lawmakers approve looser superintendent rules

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
School district superintendents would no longer have to hold an Indiana superintendent's or teacher's license under a proposal that won final legislative approval on Monday.
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Revoked charters could be forgiven $12M in loans

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
Seven schools whose charters were revoked by Ball State University in January would be absolved of payments along with another school which did not seek to renew its charter.
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Lawmakers draw close on limited voucher-expansion plan

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators are hammering out a modest expansion of the state's school voucher program following a meeting of House and Senate lawmakers.
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Indiana House turns aside school guns proposal

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Thursday pulled a proposal to have the state's public schools consider having employees, including teachers and principals, carry guns during school hours.
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Fiscal tug-of-war stalls Indiana voucher expansion

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to make vouchers more widely available to families has met a roadblock: So despite the momentum, lawmakers say they want more time to look at the voucher program approved two years ago.
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Bill to change school-grades system moves forward

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's A-F grading system for individual schools would be scrapped and implementation suspended on a national set of reading and math education standards under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday.
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Looser superintendent rules advance on tiebreaker

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license passed the state Senate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast her first tie-breaking vote.
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Limited school voucher expansion approved by Senate

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate proposal would allow siblings of students already receiving vouchers to qualify for the program, raise the value of each voucher by $200 and eliminate a one-year waiting period in public schools for students who attend "failing" schools.
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Indiana governor against school guns mandate

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he believes local school officials should make decisions about security rather than being required to have an employee armed with a loaded gun during school hours.
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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.
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Bill calls for armed staffers at all Indiana schools

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a proposal that would require all public and charter schools in the state to have an employee with a loaded gun present during school hours.
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Indiana Supreme Court upholds school voucher program

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
In a 5-0 vote, the justices rejected claims that the law primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools. The decision paves the way for a possible expansion of the program.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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Study: Half of county's students in 'high-quality' schools

March 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
A study by Chicago-based IFF found that 49 percent of K-12 students in Marion County are in schools that earned an A or B last year from the Indiana Department of Education.
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Rally backs Indiana charter school, voucher programs

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters of Indiana's charter schools and private school vouchers packed a Statehouse corridor with hundreds of children from those schools for a rally Monday as they backed expansion of those programs.
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Interim IPS chief says staff cuts possible

March 8, 2013
Associated Press
The interim superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools is taking steps to shore up the struggling district, but says she faces a "complex job" that won't bring miracles during her tenure.
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Attorney general shows support for school resource officers

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday he supports a bill in the General Assembly that would provide matching state grants to help schools create or expand school resource officer programs.
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TV ads oppose review of Indiana school standards

March 5, 2013
Associated Press
An advocacy group that supports Indiana's charter schools program said Tuesday that it's starting an advertising campaign to fight efforts to end the state's use of national reading and math standards.
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Senator pulls bills scrapping Indiana school grades

February 25, 2013
Associated Press
A bill that would have eliminated Indiana's A-F grading scale for individual schools has been withdrawn by its sponsor in the Indiana Senate.
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Mayor ups push to reform schools, hopes to halt family flightRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Concerned that a shortage of high-quality schools is fueling a loss of population in Marion County, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration and a series of community groups have drawn up a preliminary plan to help replicate the city’s most successful schools.
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IPS board taps Hinckley to fill in during superintendent search

February 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will vote Tuesday night to hire Peggy Hinckley, former superintendent of Warren Township schools, as interim superintendent to replace Eugene White.
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Panel supports scrapping Indiana school grades

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
A Republican-controlled state Senate committee agreed Wednesday with the new Democratic state schools superintendent that Indiana's A-F grading scale for individual schools should be scrapped.
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Bill that would shift Indiana voucher oversight advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's new Democratic state schools superintendent would no longer oversee the private school voucher program that she has opposed under a proposal approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled legislative committee.
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Bill to ban Indiana teacher union deductions advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans sparked protests from teachers and union officials Tuesday by pushing legislation through a House committee that would bar Indiana schools from automatically deducting union dues from teacher paychecks, an issue that critics thought was off the table this year.
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Ballard won't levy charter fee, despite fiscal squeezeRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is nationally recognized as a rigorous charter authorizer, picky about which schools open and willing to shut down the under-performers. But there is a cost to the city’s education work and Ballard may have to consider how much of it can be supported by the city’s maxed-out general fund alone.
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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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