Indiana Board of Education http://wfpl.org en Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F' http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-charter-school-heart-grade-change-flap-drops-f <p>INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana's grade-changing scandal has dropped from an "A'' to an "F'' in newly released school grades.</p><p>The Christel House Academy benefited last year from grading changes made by former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett. But grades released for the 2012-2013 school year showed a precipitous drop for the school founded by top GOP donor Christel DeHaan.</p><p>The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:01:43 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 7970 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F' Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-complaint-filed-against-former-indiana-schools-chief-tony-bennett <p>Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The complaint from Inspector General David Thomas comes two months after The Associated Press reported Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:06:36 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7561 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor http://wfpl.org/post/board-meeting-walkout-deepens-rift-between-indiana-schools-chief-governor <p>A meeting of Indiana's State Board of Education turned chaotic today, with state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly announcing an adjournment and walking out.</p><p>It happened during discussion of a proposal to allow a new agency controlled by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to be involved in evaluating certain academic standards.</p><p>Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference <a href="http://www.theindychannel.com/">streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis</a> that the proposal was improper.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:36:54 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 7545 at http://wfpl.org Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor Judge Hears Arguments in Suit Pitting Indiana Schools Chief Against State School Board http://wfpl.org/post/judge-hears-arguments-suit-pitting-indiana-schools-chief-against-state-school-board <p>An Indiana judge could decide by Friday whether state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's lawsuit against the other members of the State Board of Education may proceed.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deputy Attorney General David Arthur argued Tuesday that Ritz could not file suit in her role as a state official without approval from the attorney general. But Ritz lawyer Michael Moore contends the suit should proceed because the state school superintendent has standing as a separate constitutional office.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:49:57 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 7451 at http://wfpl.org Judge Hears Arguments in Suit Pitting Indiana Schools Chief Against State School Board Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-school-board-approves-changes-teacher-licensing-rules The Indiana Board of Education has approved changes to Indiana's teacher licensing requirements despite arguments from opponents that the new rules could hurt the quality of classroom instruction.<p> The board voted in favor of the rules changes supported by outgoing Republican state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. Incoming superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, had asked the board to delay action until after she takes office next month.<p> Ritz defeated Bennett in the November election after campaigning against many of his policies. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:46:03 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2821 at http://wfpl.org Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules