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August 4, 2015
IPS, Marian University partnership seeks future school leaders
Indianapolis Public Schools and Marian University hope that by working together they can get more of the city’s best teachers to become school leaders.
July 9, 2015
Demand falls flat for controversial teaching permit so far
Does Indiana really need a special teaching permit for teachers changing careers to get them into the classroom more quickly? So far, just two have been given.
May 4, 2015
Indiana State Board of Education in limbo after legislature's move
Gov. Mike Pence made a bold call in December for big changes he said would “restore harmony” to the contentious Indiana State Board…
April 6, 2015
Could the battle over ISTEP put Indiana's NCLB waiver in jeopardy?
A showdown is brewing this week over the future of ISTEP, but expect a new question to be raised: could changes to state tests could put…
April 1, 2015
State board rules IPS can manage Arlington, share Donnan
Indianapolis Public Schools today gained back a measure of control over two of its former schools that have been run independently after state takeover in 2012.
March 12, 2015
IPS to manage Arlington, but it will remain in state takeover
The Indiana State Board of Education today unanimously voted to let Indianapolis Public Schools manage Arlington High School, but the school will remain in state takeover
February 4, 2015
Is Arlington High School actually coming out of state takeover?
The confusion reveals an underlying question policymakers are grappling with when it comes to the state's controversial takeover process: Is the state prepared to let go of its takeover schools?
December 3, 2014
Board takes control of state takeover from Ritz
The Indiana State Board of Education wrested more control over the process for taking over failing schools from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz today, and board members will ask the state legislature to give it broader powers to take over more troubled schools, and even school districts.
September 3, 2014
State board approves controversial changes to teacher certification rules
Job seekers who hold a four-year college degree and 3.0 GPA can now teach in Indiana classrooms once they pass a content knowledge exam — even if they haven't been trained as an educator. The State Board of Education signed off on the rules changes for the third time in two years today.
July 14, 2014
Schools with graduates who fail state tests face scrutiny
A new rule passed by the Indiana State Board of Education requires any school with more than 10 percent of graduates using waivers for three straight years to submit a plan to the state for how they will reduce the number. If they remain above 10 percent for a second year, the state will assist in rewriting the plan.
June 24, 2014
ISTEP could expand through 10th grade next year
Education policymakers, led by Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, convened to vote on a resolution that would provide guidance to the State Board of Education when it comes to designing and selecting its new state test vendor since the state's contract with current ISTEP administrator CTB/McGraw Hill expires this week.
June 23, 2014
Ritz, state board at odds over NCLB waiver status
Indiana has less than a week to answer U.S. Department of Education concerns that it is not complying with the terms of a 2012 federal waiver reached freeing the state from stringent sanctions of the No Child Left Behind Law. Board members and Superintendent Glenda Ritz sparred at a meeting today over board procedure and the status of the waiver.
June 5, 2014
A case study in Indiana State Board of Education dysfunction
How did a seemingly simple procedural change, one that Indiana State Board of Education members and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz unanimously favored, become a half-hour…
May 23, 2014
Union calls on state board to drop teacher licensure plan
The Indiana State Teachers Association and others are pushing hard to try to stop what they view as a loosening of teacher certification rules, but so far most of the state board members who favor those changes are standing by them.
May 15, 2014
Ferebee asks the state board to fire 'lead partners'
Indianapolis Public Schools asked the state Thursday to let it fire outside companies assigned to support three of its troubled high schools. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee argued IPS has its own plan and could do a better job raising test scores at George Washington, Broad Ripple and John Marshall high schools alone.
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