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LEADING QUESTIONS: Mind Trust CEO takes stock of IPS reform proposal

January 11, 2013
Mason King
LQ_David_Harris_mind_Trust_WatchVideoWhat exactly does The Mind Trust do? What happened to its report on remaking IPS? Do you need teaching experience to reform education? David Harris has answers.
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Indiana bill would require teaching cursive writing

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
The state Senate's education committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would require all public school districts and all accredited private elementary schools to teach cursive writing.
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AG, lawmaker seek $10M for Indiana school protection

January 3, 2013
Associated Press
Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a Republican state senator said Thursday they will seek $10 million to place more law enforcement in Indiana's schools.
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Indiana lawmakers seek decentralized school choices

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
Two Republican state senators announced Wednesday they will push measures to decentralize school leadership in Indiana and pull the state out of a national education initiative.
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Judge: Indiana districts can sell schools despite law

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that two northeastern Indiana school districts can sell vacant schools, bypassing a state law requiring them to wait four years in case a charter school wanted to claim the buildings.
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Indiana school chief Bennett takes Florida post

December 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state superintendent of public instruction was hired Wednesday as Florida's new education commissioner. Tony Bennett lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month.
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Indy school district gets $29M federal grant

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Education Department says the Warren Township school district is expected to receive about $29 million from the federal Race to the Top competition.
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State's full-day kindergarten enrollment grows

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Indiana children enrolled in full-day kindergarten has increased by 19 percent since the state more than doubled spending for the program.
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Funding cuts may pull plug on school broadcasting

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
In August, Greenfield city officials decided to drastically slash funds for Greenfield-Central High School's broadcasting program. The future of the programs remains in a state of limbo for the 2013-14 school year and beyond.
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Key senator against changes to Indiana schools chief

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
The leader of Indiana's Senate Education Committee said Tuesday that Republicans shouldn't change the state schools superintendent position to one appointed by the governor following the election of a Democrat to that office.
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Indiana senator seeks 'truth in education' law

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse said he would not introduce a creationism measure again this year, choosing a lighter tack instead. His new proposal, he said, would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom.
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Bennett applies to be Florida schools chief

December 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
After losing re-election in Indiana, state schools chief Tony Bennett has applied to be Florida’s commissioner of education, according to a statement released by his office Monday morning.
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New Indiana schools chief: GOP approval unnecessary

November 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, Democrat Glenda Ritz, said she can make some policy changes for the state's schools without needing the approval of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and governor's office.
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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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Incoming Indiana schools chief dropping out of voucher suit

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
Incoming state school Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she intends to remove herself as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's popular school voucher program.
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Zionsville, school district make $5.7M land deal with Dow

November 14, 2012
Scott Olson
Zionsville Community Schools and the town of Zionsville are teaming up to purchase and develop a prime piece of real estate owned by Dow Chemical Co.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Teacher wrath boosts Ritz to upset in state education race

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
In the shocker of Tuesday night's election results, teachers unhappy with Republican Tony Bennett's sweeping education reforms propelled dark-horse Democrat Glenda Ritz into the role of superintendent of public instruction.
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Reform-minded candidates secure IPS board seats

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will have a new look in the new year.
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Reformers give IPS candidate heavy financial support

November 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Caitlin Hannon, who is in a three-way contest for the Indianapolis Public Schools District 1, has raised $62,437 this year, including $34,000 from out-of-state education reformers.
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Survey shows dissatisfaction with Indianapolis Public Schools

October 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
A slight majority of more than 7,000 residents in the Indianapolis Public Schools district are dissatisfied with the school system, according to surveys conducted in late summer by a coalition of community groups, including IPS itself.
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Superintendent race a showdown over school changes

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.
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Critics say grades for schools too complex to understand

October 27, 2012
Associated Press
Public schools around Indiana will learn their final grades next week under a ranking system using new rules that critics say are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Lawyer: Girls hoops schedule decree sets precedent

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
A federal consent decree in which 10 southeastern Indiana high schools agree to schedule girls and boys basketball games equally on Friday and Saturday nights sets a legal precedent for the entire state, one of the attorneys in the case said Tuesday.
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Teach for America to help Marian University recruit principalsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Both Marian and Teach for America say not enough people are prepared to lead schools in Indianapolis and around the state in areas of low income, high crime and broken homes.
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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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