Public schools

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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Indiana schools chief wants district accountability

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
The accountability measures that have been introduced for individual Indiana schools should be extended to entire school districts, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said Tuesday night in his State of Education speech.
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Judge throws out Indiana teacher contract forms

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that a standard teacher contract form that would have allowed Indiana school districts to change the hours or days that teachers work without adjusting their pay is illegal.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear voucher arguments

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the nation's largest school voucher program violates the state constitution.
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Fort Wayne school district surges by IPS in enrollment

September 19, 2012
Associated Press
Enrollment in Fort Wayne Community Schools is projected to surpass enrollment in Indianapolis Public Schools, making it Indiana's largest school district.
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Indiana voucher program sees growing enrollment

September 4, 2012
Associated Press
School voucher advocates are pushing to get as many Indiana children as possible into the state's burgeoning program that helps pay private school tuition. The application deadline is Friday.
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Indiana public schools wage unusual ad campaign

August 20, 2012
Associated Press
Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation's largest voucher program doubles in size.
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State schools chief's mentor taught him to ruffle feathers to improve educationRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett credits retired education professor John Moody with inspiring much of the reform agenda he has pushed over the past four years.
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Veteran educator running against Bennett for state postRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Glenda Ritz' opposition to pass-fail tests is fueling her campaign to unseat Tony Bennett as Indiana's education czar.
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Private schools with vouchers saw slight drop in test scores

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
Private Indiana schools that accepted students from low- to middle-income families using state-funded vouchers last year experienced a small drop in their passing rates on the state's ISTEP test this year, a newspaper's analysis of test scores shows.
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ISTEP+ gains come amid increasing accountability

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana students made improvements across the board on the state's standardized test this year amid a push for more school accountability and the first state takeovers of failing schools.
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Indiana students do slightly better on ISTEP tests

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Scores released Tuesday by the state education department show that of the 500,000 students taking the standardized tests, 71 percent passed both the language arts and math sections. That's up one percentage point from last year.
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One teacher quits, 5 suspended in Indy district

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis school district said Friday it suspended five teachers and another resigned amid an investigation into cheating on a state standardized biology exam at one of Indiana's largest high schools.
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IU report questions Mind Trust plan for IPS

June 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Six months after the Mind Trust released its plan to reform Indianapolis Public Schools, researchers at Indiana University now say the plan rests on experiments in other cities that led to greater inequity among students and did not produce dramatic academic gains.
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Study proposed on future of Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
An architect is proposing a study for finding a new use for Anderson's closed Wigwam gymnasium, possibly turning it into a convention center.
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Charter schools in pipeline to be heavy on technology

June 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three "blended learning" educational organizations have been approved to open 19 charter schools here that combine online technology and face-to-face instruction. The strategy allows schools to save money by employing fewer teachers, yet also can produce impressive student results.
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Gary schools laying off nearly 170 teachers

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
Gary Community Schools Superintendent Myrtle Campbell said the district needs to cut $11 million from its budget, and personnel is the biggest part of its spending.
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Local school district reviewing test breach allegations

May 24, 2012
Associated Press
Leaders of an Indianapolis school district said they're preparing a report for state officials into the possible disclosure of student assessment test questions by teachers at one of the state's largest high schools.
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Indianapolis Public Schools laying off 163 workers

May 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's largest school district is planning to lay off 163 workers, including 94 teachers, largely because of the state takeover of four schools starting this fall.
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IPS says it must cut $27 million from budget

May 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The proposed cuts represent about 5 percent of Indianapolis Public Schools' current budget. IPS Superintendent Eugene White will detail his spending-reduction plan on May 24 at the IPS’ central office building.
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Zionsville voters face lone area school-funding referendum

May 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Zionsville's school district is asking taxpayers to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. Meanwhile, in Johnson County, voters will consider whether to help finance a $30 million project that includes the construction of a 70,000-square-foot library.
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Performance considered in Indianapolis teacher layoffs

May 1, 2012
Associated Press
The planned layoff of about 80 teachers by Indianapolis Public Schools will be among the first under a new state law that allows teacher performance to be considered in deciding who will be let go.
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  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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