School funding

Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Study: IU, Purdue rank best in return on investmentRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
Big budgets used to rule in college rankings. But that could be changing. A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is the latest effort among several nationally to score universities on their bang for the buck.
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Daniels' push to cut costs, create metrics faces skepticism at PurdueRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
J.K. Wall
The former governor wants to change the rules of higher education. But first he must convince skeptical professors that his plans aren’t just politics, but actually good for Purdue.
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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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Hamilton County voters approve school referendums

May 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A $95 million expansion of Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern high schools, and a $28 million project to expand Noblesville High School were approved by voters Tuesday.
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IUPUI students, faculty keep watch on parking issueRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Opponents of privatization fear trustees will take action on the controversial issue over the summer.
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Pay rises faster at Indiana public universities than national peers

April 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
The campus with the highest-paid faculty was Purdue at West Lafayette, where the average salary was $101,000, followed closely by IU-Bloomington, where salaries averaged $98,400.
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State ties higher ed funding to resultsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
With fewer state dollars coming with more strings, Indiana’s public universities are altering their strategies in big and small ways to receive as much money as possible from the state.
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IU president encouraged by state budget plan

March 14, 2013
Associated Press
A proposed boost in the state's higher education funding is an encouraging step after more than $150 million was cut during the recession, Indiana University's president said Thursday.
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Purdue hopes huge donation first of many under Daniels

February 19, 2013
Dan Human
Purdue University has high hopes that former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ new role as president and donation pitchman eventually will help double charitable contributions to the school.
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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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Daniels unsure of lobbying role as Purdue president

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
The governor said Friday he was checking whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf after he becomes Purdue's president in January, because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office.
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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 might pass on full-day kindergarten fundsRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
Superintendent Scott Robison informally recommended in March that the school system take a pass on the new funding because it still does not fully cover the costs required to expand its kindergarten program from half days to full days.
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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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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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For-profit colleges face curbs on aid in new veterans bill

January 23, 2012
For-profit colleges like Carmel-based ITT Educational Services would be forced to rely less on federal money under a bill aimed at curbing the marketing of degrees to soldiers and veterans.
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Advocates: Vouchers living up to expectations

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Nearly 4,000 students who formerly attended public schools are receiving tax money to help pay the cost of private school under Indiana's school voucher program, which is believed to be the nation's largest, officials say.
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IPS losing ground as state's biggest school district

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's two largest school districts both say they've seen small enrollment drops, with No. 2 Fort Wayne Community Schools inching closer in size to No. 1 Indianapolis Public Schools.
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ITT Educational's stock price leaps as feds ease crackdown

June 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Obama administration gave for-profit colleges more time to comply with rules that will cut off federal aid to institutions whose students struggle the most to repay their government loans.
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Indiana universities face questions over tuition increases

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's top higher education official warned Monday that legislators may demand explanations from public colleges and universities if the schools approve tuition hikes in excess of caps recently suggested by a state panel.
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Schools weigh options after voters nix tax hikes

May 9, 2011
Associated Press
School districts across the state continue to struggle in their attempts to win voter approval for operating money or building projects, which a researcher attributes to continued worries about the economy.
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Perry Township referendums pass, others fail

May 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Voters in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township passed two referendums for increased school funding Tuesday night, but similar votes in Franklin Township and Avon failed.
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Districts: Full-day kindergarten funds not enough

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to allocate $47 million for full-day kindergarten in districts that don't offer it isn't likely to be enough to make that vision a reality, some districts say.
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