Public schools

IPS issues rebuttal to Mind Trust's reform plan

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
In an hour-long defense of Indianapolis Public Schools, Superintendent Eugene White outlined plans to streamline administrative staff, create more choices for parents, direct more resources to the district's most challenged schools and give more autonomy to its highest performing schools.
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Political, legal fights emerge over school vouchers

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
For all the arguments in favor of school vouchers, there are opponents who say vouchers erode public schools by taking away money, violate the separation of church and state by giving public dollars to religious-based private schools, and aren't a proven way to improve test scores.
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Tax caps zap schools in Zionsville; Lebanon district awash in cashRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Changes made five years ago in state property-tax laws have strangled the school district in wealthy Zionsville, while schools in neighboring blue-collar Lebanon are in solid financial shape.
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White wins no new job offers, will remain IPS chief

March 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
IPS superintendent Eugene White had been among the finalists for the top jobs at schools systems in Mobile, Ala., and in Greenville, S.C. But both districts chose this week to appoint internal candidates to lead their school systems.
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New standardized test could be tougher than ISTEP

March 29, 2012
Associated Press
State Superintendent Tony Bennett said the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in the 2014-2015 school year will be more difficult than the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam.
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Building rentals help school district make ends meet

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Franklin is planning to raise $120,000 by renting the performing arts center and middle school auditorium this year — six times what the district made in rental fees four years ago.
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Indiana school district expected to end bus fees

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A cash-strapped Indiana school district that angered parents by turning its buses over to a not-for-profit that began charging for children to ride will likely end that practice soon.
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IPS chief White a finalist for top job at Alabama system

March 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eugene White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, is now a finalist to lead a school system in Mobile County in Alabama, and he is interviewing for another superintendent’s post in South Carolina.
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Minor Indiana school reforms find last-minute success

March 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers signed off on minor school changes at the close of the 2012 session while reining in broader efforts sought by state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett.
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Battle for students raises financial concern for turnaround schools

March 8, 2012
J.K. Wall
Just 62 percent of the students at four IPS schools being taken over by turnaround operators have chosen to remain at the schools, a situation that could shrink funding. The operators say the district has stymied their ability to inform students and their parents about their plans.
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Fight over tuition for immigrants derails bill

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana senators fearing a backlash from conservatives scuttled an expansive education proposal this week after it was amended to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants already enrolled in state schools.
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Indiana 3rd-graders prepare for new reading test

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's third-graders are gearing up for a new state reading test that could determine whether they can move on to the fourth grade.
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Indiana funding jump would end kindergarten fees

February 25, 2012
Associated Press
Parents across Indiana weary of paying sometimes-hefty fees for their children to attend full-day kindergarten classes could soon catch a break.
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Bill seeks school superintendent contract disclosure

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill that would require Indiana's school boards to disclose all financial details of proposed superintendent contracts before voting on them drew only positive comments during a public hearing before a legislative panel.
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Extra money key to Mind Trust plan to transform IPS

February 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Mind Trust plan for transforming Indianapolis Public Schools calls for turning the district into a network of charter-like schools and giving them 15 percent to 25 percent more dollars to spend than Indianapolis charter schools currently enjoy.
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Schools chief: No Child waiver helps Indiana students

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana will take advantage of a federal waiver on provisions of the No Child Left Behind act to create better education for students, State School Superintendent Tony Bennett said.
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Indiana panel OKs overhaul of school grading system

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
A state panel has approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F grading standards for public schools despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Indiana among 10 states getting No Child Left Behind waivers

February 9, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states, including Indiana, from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
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Indiana lawmaker says school bus fees increase danger

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public school districts wouldn't be able to end school bus service for their students under a proposal advancing in the General Assembly after protests from parents in a suburban Indianapolis district who now face annual bills of more than $400 a child for rides to and from school.
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Graduation rates rise in Marion County, state

February 7, 2012
Nearly 200 more students graduated from Marion County’s public high schools last year than in the previous year, pushing the county’s graduation rate up a notch, to 81.7 percent.
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Lawsuit over girls basketball games to proceed

February 1, 2012
Associated Press, Indiana Lawyer Staff
A federal appeals court says a judge should not have dismissed a lawsuit over the scheduling of high school boys and girls basketball games in Indiana.
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Indiana Senate backs creationism teaching proposal

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's public schools would be allowed to teach creationism in science classes as long as they include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions under a proposal approved Tuesday by the state Senate.
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Indiana Senate broadens teaching creationism proposal

January 30, 2012
Associated Press
Legislators on Monday broadened a proposal aimed at allowing Indiana's public schools to teach creationism in science classes to require that such courses include origin-of-life theories from multiple religions.
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Education committee backs looser school voucher rules

January 25, 2012
Associated Press
A proposal that would make thousands of current private school students eligible for Indiana's school voucher program has been endorsed by a state legislative committee, although cost concerns might block its chances of advancing this year.
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Indiana legislators consider basketball tourney bill

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Senate's education committee conducted a hearing Wednesday afternoon on a bill that would force a return of the state's old single-class basketball tournament, along with provisions to block school districts from starting their academic year before Labor Day and require the teaching of cursive writing.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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