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Pence to decide on State Fair alcohol sales

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana State Fair attendees in August may get to do something that hasn't been allowed there for 67 years -- drink alcohol.

February 25, 2014 5:10 pm

Fix for Lake tax loophole, other measures win Senate approval

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly began its mid-session break Tuesday, after the Senate voted to send more than 60 legislative proposals to the House.

February 04, 2014 6:00 pm Related
Pence sticks to script in address to Legislature

Pence sticks to script in address to Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence focused on familiar themes Tuesday in his second State of the State address, asking the General Assembly to lower taxes on businesses and families, fund prekindergarten for low-income children and promote charter schools.

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Indiana State Board of Education approves school grades

Indiana State Board of Education approves school grades

Many of the region's public high schools earned an A from the Indiana Department of Education, though some earned lower grades and many of the local middle and elementary schools struggled.

December 20, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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Pence education agenda promotes charter schools, job training

Pence education agenda promotes charter schools, job training

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's schools would minimize constitutionally mandated focus on general "knowledge and learning," and become worker training centers from the earliest grades under an agenda announced Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence.

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Charter School of the Dunes working to meet objectives

Charter School of the Dunes working to meet objectives

Officials at Calumet College of St. Joseph are keeping a close eye on the Charter School of the Dunes.

December 08, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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Business tax cut tops Pence legislative agenda

Business tax cut tops Pence legislative agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | Ignoring data showing that Indiana's decade of trickle-down prosperity policies haven't improved the income, health or quality of life for most Hoosiers, Gov. Mike Pence promised Thursday to deliver still more business-centered programs in the upcoming legislative session.

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Pence disappointed mediator fails to end Ritz, school board fight

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence is dispirited but not discouraged that a mediator made no progress Wednesday toward resolving ongoing conflicts between the Republican-appointed State Board of Education and Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction.

December 05, 2013 5:45 pm

School vouchers harm public education, democracy

Public schools are the foundation of democracy. In 2012-13 some $37 million in Indiana tax dollars went to charter and parochial schools. This is a drain on public education.

November 11, 2013 1:00 am
Indiana has struggled to devise school grading systems

Indiana has struggled to devise school grading systems

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence makes it sound like the simplest thing in the world: "We grade our kids every day in the classroom; we can grade our schools every year."

November 02, 2013 9:00 pm Related
State school board may not meet Nov. school grading deadine

State school board may not meet Nov. school grading deadine

INDIANAPOLIS | Personality and political conflicts on the State Board of Education make it increasingly likely the panel will fail to set new, effective criteria for rating school performance using A-F grades by Nov. 15, as required by law.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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State education board fixes school grading glitch

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education approved a plan Wednesday designed to produce more accurate ratings of Indiana schools with nontraditional grade groupings.

October 02, 2013 7:24 pm
Fired Gary Middle College principal files discrimination complaint

Fired Gary Middle College principal files discrimination complaint

GARY | The former principal of Gary Middle College filed a discrimination complaint against GEO Foundation claiming his firing in January was based on his race and gender.

September 23, 2013 11:30 pm

Proposed Merrillville charter school's art emphasis questioned

MERRILLVILLE | A representative of Laurel Church Ministries made the case for a K-12 art-infused school at the church, 7525 Taft St., before the Indiana Charter School Board on Monday night. 

September 16, 2013 8:30 pm
Bennett changes to school grades improved ratings of 22 region schools

Bennett changes to school grades improved ratings of 22 region schools

INDIANAPOLIS | Twenty-two Northwest Indiana schools received higher state-issued grades for the 2011-12 school year after the former head of the Indiana Department of Education adjusted the grading system when a favored charter school initially earned a C.

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Indiana forgives charter school loans

Many local educators and politicians are calling outrageous a recent law forgiving $91.2 million in loans to charter schools, in light of tight finances faced by public schools across the region and districts that have had to raise taxes to maintain programs and quality teachers. Moreover, t…

August 31, 2013 7:58 pm
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August 05, 2013 12:00 am
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August 02, 2013 12:00 am

Don't put much credence in CREDO study results

While it’s gratifying to read the June 25 headline, “Nationwide charter school study finds overall performance improvement,” it’s also disconcerting. The study, from a group called CREDO, is anything but charter school performance gospel.

July 02, 2013 12:00 am
Ball State defends spending on charter school oversight

Ball State defends spending on charter school oversight

A state legislator from Gary questions whether Ball State University has fully used the money it receives to support charter schools for the funds' intended purpose.

June 29, 2013 9:00 pm Related
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