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November 9, 2015
Community leaders recall Amos Brown's big influence on education
As part of the remembrances of WTLC radio host Amos Brown, it should be noted that Brown had a deep interest in, and impact on, education issues in Indianapolis.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
March 27, 2015
After Facebook flame war, IPS board president apologizes (updated)
A debate over last Sunday's unusual IPS board meeting boiled over on social media this week.
March 22, 2015
Casual Sunday IPS board meeting or 'travesty' of public access?
It was supposed to be a different kind of meeting for the Indianapolis Public School Board — a casual Sunday afternoon work session for the board to hash…
March 9, 2015
IPS board to Ferebee: Bring us a reform-driven strategic plan
Increasing school choice options, driving decision-making away from the Central Office, and transitioning to student-based budgeting will guide the district.
August 22, 2014
After cheating scandal, Flanner House families look ahead
Amix of anger, disappointment and disbelief was widely shared Thursday among those connected to Flanner House School, the community center that shares its name and the wider education community in Indianapolis after a cheating scandal forced the school to close.
April 22, 2014
Pence, Ritz strongly endorse new Indiana standards over objections
Gov. Mike Pence, a national voice in opposition of Common Core, strongly endorsed Indiana’s new draft standards over loud laughs and jeers from a packed house at today’s Education Roundtable meeting. The roundtable, which is the first step in Indiana’s standards approval process, approved the controversial standards by votes of 21- 2 with an abstention for English and 21-3 for math.
April 21, 2014
Indiana's proposed new standards enter critical phase
Even with few allies among either Common Core supporters or opponents, the new standards could still make it through a gauntlet over the next eight days that is expected to include votes by two government bodies. If both approve, the much-maligned standards will become the academic guidelines for Indiana educators beginning this summer despite all the backlash.
October 28, 2013
Elsener: Ritz, board should focus on their jobs
State Board of Education member Dan Elsner Indiana State Board of Education member Dan Elsener said in a radio interview today he was disappointed by the recent squabbles among state board members and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz but he is optimistic the board can still function effectively. "We are a bipartisan board," said Elsner, who has personally clashed with Ritz over such issues as who leads strategic planning for the board and who sets its agenda. "We've never been partisan snipers. The last six months has been a little more difficult." In an interview with Amos Brown on WTLC's Afternoons with Amos program, Elsener criticized Ritz for not yet issuing A to F school grades but expressed hope the board could begin working together more cooperatively. Relations among the board members deteriorated fast over the past two weeks after 10 board members, but not Ritz, asked the legislature to intervene to help issue A to F school grades. Ritz responded by suing the other board members, arguing they broke state law that requires public bodies to make decisions in public when it decided without her to send the letter.
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