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2:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Indiana's Proposed New Education Standards Available for Review

The final draft of Indiana's proposed new education standards is now available online for public viewing.

The Indiana Department of Education has released the proposed guidelines for what students should learn in each grade.          

A panel including Gov. Mike Pence, education officials, business leaders and teachers is set to vote Monday on whether to endorse the new math and English benchmarks.

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1:56 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Former Indiana Schools Chief Takes Job With Testing Company

Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a test to state education leaders across the country.

A spokesman for ACT says Bennett will help the testing company pitch its exam called Aspire.

ACT is more widely known for its college-entry tests administered throughout the Midwest. But it is also one of many testing companies looking to sell their products to states that have adopted Common Core standards.

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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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11:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Indiana Schools Chief Calls For Cooperation to 'Transform' Schools

Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Indiana residents and political leaders need to work together to "transform" education for all students.  

The Democratic schools chief wrote in an open letter this week that children across the state should expect an equal chance at a good education. She writes the Department of Education of has created a division of outreach to help schools get needed resources.

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1:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Indiana Launching Outside Review of ISTEP Problems

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Indiana's Department of Education is seeking an outside review of the ISTEP exam administered this academic year following a series of computer glitches that will likely delay test results until this summer.

Agency spokesman Daniel Altman says it has begun the process of selecting an independent evaluator to assess the test's validity. Test contractor CTB/McGraw-Hill says problems with the online exam this month would likely delay results until July.

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2:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Indiana Officials Seek More Funding for Schools, Roads

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz

Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and a small group of mayors are making their case for more funding from the state.

Ritz and members of the Indiana Association of Counties and Towns told the Senate Appropriations Committee today the state needs to spend more on schools and roads.

Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years while making room for a cut in the personal income tax cut. However, House Republicans rewrote the budget to spend more on roads and schools. It's now before the Senate.

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4:36 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Indiana Senate Panel Passes Cursive Writing Bill


A bill that would require Indiana’s elementary schools to teach cursive writing is on its way to the floor of the state Senate.

The chamber’s Education and Career Development Committee voted 7-4 today to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Jean Leising.

Leising says she’s concerned about a new state education department policy that makes the teaching of cursive writing optional but requires that students become proficient in keyboard use.

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12:03 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Indiana Legislative Panel Sets Hearing on Cursive Writing Bill


Indiana lawmakers are again considering a push to require the teaching of cursive writing by the state's schools.

The issue first came up after the state Department of Education in 2011 dropped cursive writing as a required part of the school curriculum and told school districts that it expected students to become proficient in keyboard use.

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11:43 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Bennett Named Florida Education Commissioner


Indiana's recently ousted state school superintendent is Florida's new education commissioner.

The State Board of Education selected Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month, today in Tampa.

The board picked Bennett from a slate of three finalists.

The others were Murray State University President Randy Dunn, who once served as state superintendent in Illinois, and Arlington, Va., education consultant Charles Hokanson, a former deputy assistant U.S. secretary of education in President George W. Bush's administration.

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1:59 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Indiana High Court Hears Challenge to Voucher Program

Indiana Supreme Court justices want to know whether the nation's largest school voucher program primarily benefits students and their parents or religious institutions.

The five justices prodded lawyers for both sides on that point today during a hearing on a constitutional challenge to the 2011 law under which more than 9,000 students have switched from public to private schools with help from state funds.

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