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January 9, 2015
Teacher quality changes among low profile education ideas advocates are pushing
A flood of proposals from powerful sources have focused on proposals on issues everyone expects to be the central battleground on education during the legislation session that runs from January to April. But Democrats and lobbying groups of all stripes have their own agendas, some of them offering up what they think are creative solutions to other widely-recognized education problems.
December 23, 2014
Indiana's five biggest education stories of 2014
From political battles at the Indiana Statehouse to major moves at Indianapolis Public Schools, 2014 was a banner year for education in Indiana.
December 11, 2014
Ballard signs city preschool ordinance (update)
Major gifts include $2 million from Lilly, and $1 million each from Indiana University Health, Cummins and Anthem, the company said.
December 1, 2014
After uncertainty, Ballard's preschool plan passes easily
The Indianapolis City-County Council tonight voted to approve a $40 million preschool program to serve up to 1,300 poor children.
December 1, 2014
Ballard rallies crowd for preschool before Council vote
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard cheered the city’s proposal to fund preschool for poor children with his supporters Monday night as city leaders braced for a close City-County…
December 1, 2014
IPS wants to keep expanding preschool, if it can find the money
At a time when Indiana's elected and business leaders are gearing up to prepare more kids for Kindergarten with high-quality preschool programs, IPS district leaders also hope to take the issue of Kindergarten preparedness into their own hands.
November 11, 2014
Compromise on Ballard's preschool plan takes a big step forward
A City-County Council committee tonight approved a bipartisan plan for a $40 million city preschool program, sending it to the full Indianapolis City-County Council for a vote.
November 5, 2014
Mayor Ballard praises revived city preschool plan
Ballard released a statement today praising a new, revived agreement to fund a preschool program similar to the one he first proposed over the summer as part of a comprehensive plan to address the city's growing crime rate.
October 27, 2014
72 percent of Coloradans say middle class families should receive help to pay for early learning
That’s how Watney reacted to a new poll that found majorities of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated Colorado voters support investments in early childhood programs — including teacher…
October 21, 2014
Preschool advocates hoping for change of heart in Pence as grant deadline extended (updated)
The state already has its application completed and was prepared to submit it last week by the original deadline. But in a last-minute move, Pence decided not to apply because he feared "federal intrusion" in preschool. The move shocked preschool supporters, but was cheered by anti-Common Core and tea party groups in the state.
October 13, 2014
Ballard's preschool plan may have new life in city budget
Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to provide preschool to 1,300 low-income Indianapolis children next year may not be dead after all. The Indianapolis City-County Council…
September 12, 2014
Lilly rallies business leaders to back Ballard's preschool plan
Eli Lilly and Co. hosted about 50 CEOs and executives from the city's financial, health and human services and education sectors at their sprawling downtown campus and urged them to support Ballard's plan, which has been under fire from council Democrats who don't like the way the mayor wants to pay for it.
July 30, 2014
$50 million preschool push a centerpiece of Ballard's plan to cut crime
Mayor Greg Ballard today announced major new education initiatives aimed in part at combating an upswing in violence in Indianapolis, most notably a $50…
February 10, 2014
The basics of early childhood education in Indiana: A new era begins
Indiana has long been behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to state support for early education. But there are some signs the state could be changing its attitude toward early childhood education. An important change in the political landscape was the strong support of Republican Gov. Mike Pence in late 2013 for a new preschool pilot program.
December 11, 2013
Kenley: Costs may scuttle most of Pence's 2014 education agenda
Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Luke Kenley Luke Kenley, the powerful chairman of the Indiana Senate's appropriations committee, said Wednesday he doubts potentially costly proposals from Gov. Mike Pence to offer preschool tuition vouchers to low income families, boost charter schools or aid teacher innovation can be enacted before 2015. "I don't see us doing anything in 2014 on these issues," Kenley, R-Indianapolis, said in an interview. "If you want to have a fair sense of fiscal discipline and evaluate any program, it has to be done in the context of the rest of the budget."
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