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August 7, 2015
Glenda Ritz drops out of governor's race
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced today she is no longer running for governor, saying she needed to focus instead on her work in education.
June 10, 2015
Report urges more expansion for tax credit scholarship program
The number of tax credit scholarships supporting student tuition at private schools has jumped dramatically from 559 students in 2010 to 11,067 in 2014.
May 20, 2015
Teachers value National Board certification, but Indiana lawmakers don't
Indiana is far behind the rest of the country for the number of National Board certified teachers, frustrating those who believe it can help teachers reach new heights.
February 4, 2015
Senate committee drops required elections from teacher union bill (updated)
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Senate Bill 538 would have required every school district in the state to reaffirm in…
February 2, 2015
These 9 education changes could move ahead in the legislature — but 6 others probably won't
There's no question a huge battle will take place over the role of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on the Indiana State Board of Education. But of the 122 education-focused bills the Indiana General Assembly is expected to consider, just a fraction will make it through to Gov. Mike Pence's desk in April to become law.
October 20, 2014
Glenda Ritz calls Pence's preschool decision "bad for children"
The state’s move to pass on the grant brought a flood of opinion over the weekend about why Pence made the move and whether it was the right decision.
August 25, 2014
Outside groups gear up for 'pivotal' IPS school board race
The stakes are high for a board that, since 2012, has leaned more in favor of reform ideas like giving schools more autonomy and forging partnerships with charter schools. Two of the more stringent skeptics on the board — Michael Brown and Samantha Adair-White — face opponents who are more in line with the board's majority on those issues.
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.
July 8, 2014
Ritz blames Pence, CECI for "undermining" her leadership
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz today ripped Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education and Career Innovation, saying it is “determined to undermine our work” at the Indiana Department of Education, and charged that the State Board of Education’s proposed actions Wednesday could threaten Indiana’s standing with federal education officials.
June 13, 2014
California ruling prompts reflection about Indiana's teacher protections
A ruling against teacher tenure in a Los Angeles lawsuit earlier this week has local advocates considering their own challenges to teachers' jobs protections.
April 10, 2014
No IPS-charter compacts next year
Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee told school board members Wednesday he has no plans to exercise new powers granted to the district last month by the Indiana legislature to make deals with charter school operators to run district schools. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1321 last month. It gives IPS the authority to hand empty buildings over for charter schools to use, or to hire charter school operators to run an IPS school. Ferebee has said all along he was not exclusively interested in deals with charter schools.
April 8, 2014
Ritz, union weigh in on teacher evaluation data
After nearly all Indiana educators who received evaluation ratings were deemed effective Monday, there was a spectrum of reaction. Some called the notion that only 0.4 percent of the state's 50,000 teachers are ineffective impossible. Others say it only confirms what many teachers believe, but some pushing for educational change have doubted: that most teachers are doing a great job. Here are some of the reactions from key players in the state's education debate.
April 7, 2014
New evaluation system gives few Indiana teachers low grades
Nearly all rated educators were classified in the top two categories as effective or highly effective: a whopping 97 percent. That’s not exactly what state had in mind, leaving some leaders scratching their heads.
April 7, 2014
Principals under scrutiny for high teacher ratings
The school officials charged with evaluating educators — principals — are under scrutiny after they gave out very few low scores last year. Across the state, less than one half of 1 percent of educators were rated ineffective last year under a new evaluation system designed to tell teachers apart, while 97 percent received effective or highly effective ratings.
January 31, 2014
Bill promoting IPS partnerships with charters passes House
Indianapolis Public Schools would still get to special rules allowing it to partner with charter schools under a bill that passed the Indiana House today. The bill no longer blocks collective bargaining for employees at those schools, a flashpoint for its critics last week. Unions, however, remain opposed.
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