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3:33 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Indiana Officially Drops Common Core Education Standards

The Indiana Board of Education has approved new math and English standards to replace the Common Core benchmarks in K through 12 classrooms this fall.     

The board voted 10-1 this morning to endorse the new education standards .

Some Common Core opponents told the board that the new benchmarks are no more than watered-down versions of the contentious national standards.

But board member Dr. Brad Oliver says Indiana’s students will be better served with a state-developed system.

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12:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F'

Tony Bennett

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.

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.

The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.

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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett

Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett
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Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.

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.

Indiana law prohibits state employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or using state resources for political purposes.

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Local News
4:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor

Indiana Department of Education

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.

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.

Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis that the proposal was improper.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Judge Hears Arguments in Suit Pitting Indiana Schools Chief Against State School Board

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz

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.

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.

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2:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules

Incoming Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz/Photo from

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.

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.

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