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Education
2:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State superintendent Glenda Ritz has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. Ritz thinks the board has violated the state’s Open Door law.

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Education
11:02 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers Explore More Autonomy for IPFW

Credit Courtesy / Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

State lawmakers say the legislature could give Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne more autonomy and flexibility in funding and degree offerings.

A legislative study committee was tasked this year with investigating the governance structure of the state’s regional university campuses.  And though its initial focus was broad, the committee has narrowed in on one location – IPFW, the state’s fifth largest college campus. 

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pelath Wants State to Speed Up Bennett Investigation

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is raising questions about the speed of the state's investigation into former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett's grade changing controversy.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says he sees no sense of urgency from the state Inspector General in the investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett.

Reports first surfaced in late July that former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett altered school accountability letter grades in 2012 after an Indianapolis charter school – a favorite of Bennett’s team – would have received a mediocre rating. Multiple investigations have been launched into the matter, including one by the Indiana Inspector General.

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Education
11:41 am
Wed September 25, 2013

School Voucher Enrollment Doubles

Enrollment in Indiana’s private school voucher program has more than doubled this school year.  Indiana education officials confirmed Tuesday they’ve received more than 20,000 applications for voucher dollars.

That means the program has more than quadrupled its enrollment since it started two years ago.

School Choice Indiana president Betsy Wiley, a voucher program advocate, attributes the increase to House Bill 1003, which won state lawmakers’ approval last session.

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Education
12:05 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Tech Middle School Opens in Fort Wayne

Eighth-grader Malique Tai and his group get together to work on a project.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The New Tech Network works with schools throughout the country to design academic programs that focus on project-based learning and student empowerment. One of only a handful of New Tech middle schools opened in Fort Wayne this year. Towles Middle School is one of many New Techs in Northeast Indiana. The region has one of the highest concentrations of the program in the country.  

This classroom is larger than average, and each student has their own personal laptop to work on. Eighth-grader Malique Tai sits down to his in creative writing and media class.

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Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Official: Clarification Needed on School Resource Officer Training

Indiana Homeland Security Director John Hill.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Indiana’s Homeland Security director wants more clarification as to who can certify the training of school resource officers, the law enforcement personnel with extra training for the school environment.

Legislation passed last session defines school resource officer in the Indiana code, spelling out what credentials and training the officers must receive. 

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Education
6:02 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Indiana's School Grading System In the Spotlight

Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley.

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s former superintendent, Tony Bennett, is bringing new attention to the formula state officials use to issue letter grade performance ratings to schools. 

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Education
5:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bennett Resigns Florida Post After Grade Revelations

State Impact Indiana's Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley discuss Tony Bennett's resignation as Florida's Education Commissioner after reports that, while Indiana State Superintendent, he changed the grade of a charter school reportedly run by a major Republican Party donor. 

You can find more from our StateImpact Indiana team covering education by visiting http://stateimpact.npr.org/indiana/.

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Education
11:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores

The widespread disruptions to Indiana’s online standardized tests last April, on average, did not hurt students’ final ISTEP+ scores.  That’s the conclusion a New Hampshire-based testing expert reported to lawmakers Monday.

State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to comb through the data of more than 495,000 ISTEP+ exams.

“If the interruptions had had a marked impact on student achievement, we would not have seen scores going up this year from last year,” Hill said.

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Politics & Government
11:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

State Legislators to Hold Hearings on ISTEP+ Glitches

Indiana Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

In the wake of ISTEP testing disruptions that have called into question the validity of this year’s tests, the General Assembly this week will hold the first of two hearings investigating the issue.

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