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Education trend targets training for principals

May 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Three Hoosier universities—Notre Dame, Marian and Indiana—are moving to launch programs that seek to apply MBA-style training to the unique demands of schools.
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Indiana schools to exit Race to the Top competition

April 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
State will bow out of the $4.35 billion federal competition after a highly public feud between public schools chief Tony Bennett and the state’s teachers unions.
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Report: Indiana far short of funding teacher pensions

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana is among the nation's five most underfunded teacher pension programs, but low ranking is misleading.
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UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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Adjunct instructors organize at IUPUI

April 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Two problems come with prevalent use of adjunct instructors: a perception that adjuncts reduce the quality of instruction and the adjuncts' frustration with low levels of pay, security and benefits, and appreciation.
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators.
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Thousands of teachers losing jobs, union says

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana State Teachers Association forecasts up to 5,000 teachers may lose their jobs. That's about 8 percent of public school teachers statewide.
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Anderson schools might cut 200-plus jobs

March 19, 2010
Associated Press
A central Indiana school district could see 20 percent of its jobs cut for next school year as it works to close a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.
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State tries new plan to track students' growth

February 11, 2010
Associated Press
Instead of focusing on standardized tests, the Indiana Growth Model will monitor individual students' academic growth to measure their progress and identify effective teaching methods, state public education officials say.
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Daniels revives push to merge PERF, TRF pension fundsRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels wants legislators to revive a merger of the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund. He says the move could save up to $50 million a year in fees.
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ISTA scandal could limit union's influence, sway electionRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A securities-fraud case Secretary of State Todd Rokita brought against the union last month could make matters worse for the already hobbled ISTA, blunting its ability to help elect Democrats in November.
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ISTA wants schools to tap reserves, rainy day funds

January 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
State teachers union's recommended approach differs sharply from spending cuts and salary freezes recommended by the Indiana Board of Education.
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Board approves revamp of Indiana teacher licensing

January 7, 2010
Associated Press
The new rules are expected spur future teachers to spend more time learning subject matter and less time taking education classes.
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Progress stalls on national, state math scores

October 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's students outscored the national average in mathematics on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, but the results show little improvement over previous years.
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Overhaul of teacher training threatens college budgets

October 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Proposed changes to teacher licensing rules are a threat in the eyes of most deans of Indiana’s colleges of education—both to the quality of teacher training and to the budgets of the colleges.
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Experience doesn't mean talent

September 5, 2009
Paul Barada’s argument that teachers with 30 years of teaching experience making $50,000-plus a year are underpaid is flawed.
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EDITORIAL: Teacher certification proposal deserves OKRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana’s top education official, Tony Bennett, ruffled feathers last month when he proposed increasing teacher expertise in math, science and other subjects, and stripping red tape from teacher certification and hiring of administrators.
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Below-average test scores raise questions about elementary teachers, collegesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students going into and out of Indiana's teacher education programs tend to score below average on standardized test scores. And national data indicate the gap is entirely attributable to those headed into elementary education.
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Law grants teachers immunity from civil suitsRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Educators widely support a new state law that gives teachers immunity from civil lawsuits for trying to discipline students. But opponents of corporal punishment are giving it a frosty reception, fearing Indiana students could be subjected to more paddling without legal recourse.
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Grads, career-changers surge into teachingRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Folks from all sorts of professions are trying on teaching, to survive the recession or to give back to the community. Or both.
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NEA takeover humbles once-mighty ISTA

May 20, 2009
Greg Andrews
The National Education Association said today that it is taking over its Indiana affiliate, a stunning comeuppance for what long had been one of the most powerful union forces in the state.
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U of I dean under fire from within departmentRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Michael Shapiro was hired as dean of the business school at the University of Indianapolis, three current and three former U of I professors have filed a grievance against Shapiro, alleging that he has created a hostile work environment.
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