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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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Indiana House panel leader leery of creationism bill

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House Education Committee said Tuesday a proposal specifically allowing public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science classes could be unworkable.
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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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State Senate deadlocks over school start date bill

January 31, 2012
Associated Press
The state Senate has deadlocked over whether to support a bill that would largely prohibit Indiana's public schools from starting their school years until late August. The Senate also voted 45-5 in favor of a bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing.
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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 basketball tourney format to get second look

January 18, 2012
Associated Press
A state Senate committee rejected an effort Wednesday to resurrect Indiana's single-class high school basketball tournament, but the head of the statewide high school athletics governing body agreed to review the current format.
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Judge upholds Indiana school voucher law

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A Marion Superior Court judge affirmed Indiana's school voucher law on Friday, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unconstitutionally uses public money to support religion.
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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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Indiana schools chief Bennett gears up for re-election bidRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
String of controversial reforms draw campaign contributions, ire of opponents.
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Voucher experience positive for one local high school student

December 30, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Dayana Vazquez-Buquer is among 3,919 students from low- to moderate-income Indiana families who qualified for an Indiana Choice Scholarship this year. She praises the General Assembly for creating the voucher program.
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Park Tudor land purchase puts stop to housing development

December 20, 2011
Tom Harton
The private school recently bought the 5.7 acres north of its campus that Dr. Bill Nunery, a local ophthalmologist, had planned to develop into an upscale residential enclave known as Grace Hill.
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Mind Trust calls for decentralizing IPS district

December 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
By gutting its central office, Indianapolis Public Schools could free up $188 million to provide universal preschool, to pay key teachers more than $100,000 a year and to transform itself into a network of autonomous “opportunity” schools.
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Waltons give $1 million to Mind Trust charter incubator

December 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The $1 million grant from the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation will fund a team that will open its first charter school in the 2013-2014 school year as part of what the group hopes will become a network of high-performing charter schools.
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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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Turnaround company wants to launch feeder schools

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Charter Schools USA, the Florida-based company tapped by the state government to turn around Howe and Manual high schools in Indianapolis, also wants to launch two charter elementary schools to help feed students into those schools.
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Lilly Endowment gives $4.9M for teaching fellowships

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is giving another big gift to help fund the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which prepares career changers and college graduates to teach math, science, engineering and technology in rural and urban schools.
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Sides reach $150,000 deal in school-bullying lawsuit

December 7, 2011
Associated Press
A former student at a central Indiana high school has agreed to a $150,000 settlement of her lawsuit claiming school officials failed to stop bullying by a male classmate.
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Ball State rejection threatens two Indy charter schools

December 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
Fall Creek and Fountain Square academies could be forced to close in May after Ball State University declined their applications this week.
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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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State school chiefs paid more than meets the eye

November 27, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's nearly 300 school superintendents are receiving more compensation than reported in their contracts, with extra payments for benefits such as health insurance counting toward their overall salaries for pension purposes, a newspaper's investigation has found.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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