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November 9, 2016
Could Donald Trump put Mike Pence in charge of education policy as VP? Here’s his Indiana education record
As a congressman and as governor, Pence has raised fears of federal intrusion in to education.
June 2, 2016
Surprise! Pence is interested in federal preschool funding afterall
Less than two years ago, he declined to apply for federal preschool money.
February 4, 2016
IPS tells its teachers: the wait for extra pay is almost over
Teachers will receive raises and back pay this month, officials said.
February 2, 2016
Every Marion County school district except one will get a break from the state
The State Board of Education is also expected to address the performance of state takeover schools.
January 26, 2016
Find your school’s 2015 A-F letter grade
Few schools across the state saw their grades change from 2014.
January 25, 2016
Pence hails school choice progress, but advocates say they're fighting for more
Indiana has seen a dramatic increase in charter schools and private school vouchers over the last decade.
January 21, 2016
It’s over: Pence signs bills pausing ISTEP consequences for one year
After nearly two years of debate, Pence and lawmakers bowed to Ritz’s solution to a big test score drop.
January 20, 2016
Indiana’s new A-F grade system: It’s not just about pass or fail anymore
2016 will be the first year grades are calculated under the new model.
January 12, 2016
Pence: Indiana needs to take action to improve ISTEP
Pence endorsed efforts to relieve schools and teachers from accountability sanctions in his annual State of the State address.
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
January 6, 2016
Republican senator's call for a 2-year delay of ISTEP sanctions goes nowhere
A bipartisan plan for a one-year reprieve from ISTEP consequences sailed through two legislative committees today.
November 12, 2015
IPS teachers are still waiting on promised raises
Eleven weeks after the Indianapolis Public Schools agreed to give teachers a dramatic raise, educators are still waiting on their money because of delayed ISTEP scores.
August 4, 2015
State board ready to roll out new state charter school grant program
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to vote on the details of new charter school loan and grant programs on Wednesday.
August 4, 2015
Some immigrant children are shut out of new preschool programs
Children who are in the country without permission aren't welcome into either the state or Indianapolis preschool program.
July 29, 2015
New Woodrow Wilson fellows hope to propel students toward science careers
Nearly 50 new fellows will start teaching in public schools across Indiana this fall.
July 29, 2015
Studying new preschool programs could bolster success evidence but cost is a barrier
Indianapolis has a chance to do a rare gold standard study of preschool effects if someone will pay for it.
July 28, 2015
Pence touts school choice in speech to state takeover teachers
Charter Schools USA, which operates three schools in state takeover, invited the governor to speak at its annual teacher summit.
July 2, 2015
Coalition's ambitious goal: improve and expand preschool in Indiana
The ultimate goal of the plan, advocates say, is to prepare the state for the possibility that a statewide preschool program could be widely expanded soon.
May 14, 2015
A year after Common Core, the next battle could be Indiana's new science standards
The Indiana Department of Education is set to update the state’s science standards, but some are worried it'll rely too heavily on standards deemed too easy and unclear.
May 13, 2015
Mike Pence's 2015 education agenda: Wins, losses and consolation prizes
Some of Pence’s goals resulted in new laws, but others were gutted along the way or changed so much that they had a passing resemblance to what he originally pushed for.
May 7, 2015
A-to-F changes pass after more state board drama
The state board approved changes to Indiana's A-to-F accountability model that would use gains on tests as well as passing rates. The changes would result in fewer A's.
April 27, 2015
Legislature poised to shift more power from Glenda Ritz to state board
A bill could cost Superintendent Glenda Ritz her primary role overseeing school A-to-F grades along with the guarantee that she lead the Indiana State Board of Education.
April 23, 2015
'Charter shopping' bill next heads to Pence's desk
A bill that could soon be making its way to the governor’s desk would strengthen Indiana’s charter school law, proponents of the idea say, if…
April 16, 2015
Preschool is expanding, but practical challenges remain
An event Saturday at Butler University featuring the state's top preschool advocates hosted by Chalkbeat will shed light on the future direction of preschool in the state.
April 9, 2015
House advances bill that would allow Ritz to be removed as state board chairwoman
The Indiana House Education Committee advanced a bill which would remove the guarantee that state Superintendent Glenda Ritz serve as chairwoman of the state board.
March 11, 2015
Indiana dumps CTB-McGraw Hill, picks Pearson to create future ISTEP
Indiana appears ready to ditch the company that creates ISTEP after years of testing problems, but the cost of delivering Indiana's state tests could go way up if it does
February 25, 2015
As vouchers grow, more suburban students are attending private schools
Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern — two of the state's wealthiest districts — both saw strong jumps in the number of children who use publicly-funded vouchers.
February 19, 2015
Ritz on 2016 gubernatorial run: ‘I don’t want to speculate’
Ritz, who already announced she is running again in 2016 for superintendent of public instruction, addressed the speculation Wednesday night on the "Just Let Me Teach" radio show on IndianaTalks.com.
February 16, 2015
Ritz rallies supporters against efforts to limit her power at Statehouse
Gov. Mike Pence, Republican legislators and his appointed State Board of Education's refusal to respect Ritz's authority as state superintendent — including targeting her in several bills this year aimed at removing her from leading the Indiana State Board of Education — is what prompted the Indiana Coalition for Public Education to plan the rally.
February 11, 2015
Senators back a bill that could end Indiana's testing woes — by dumping ISTEP
If Republicans in the Indiana Senate get their way, Hoosiers will never have to fight about ISTEP again. That’s because Senate Bill 566, which passed…
February 9, 2015
House overwhelmingly backs bill to remove Ritz as state board chairwoman
It was more bad news for Ritz on a day that started off with another heated clash in her ongoing battle with Gov. Mike Pence over who should set the agenda on the state’s education policy.
January 13, 2015
Pence pushes more funding for school choice but not preschool
Gov. Mike Pence today called again on the legislature to make education its main focus this year during his State of the State address through…
January 9, 2015
Watch Indiana legislators, superintendents discuss school funding issues
Chalkbeat and WFYI brought key Indiana legislators and two school district superintendents together Thursday at the Indianapolis Public Library to talk about how to fund schools fairly in the state's next two-year budget and beyond.
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 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
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.
October 22, 2014
Feds extend preschool grant deadline to Friday (updated)
The U.S. Departments of Education have again extended the deadline for states to apply for the preschool development grants. The applications are now due…
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 16, 2014
Preschool advocates stunned Pence dropped bid for $80 million grant
Indiana's early childhood education advocates say they are "shocked" by Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to follow through on submitting a federal grant application that could have resulted in the state receiving $80 million to support preschool expansion efforts to benefit close to 2,000 low-income children.
July 10, 2014
Ritz, state board battle over board rules, NCLB waiver
Relations between Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members today reached a new low as board members voted on a series of resolutions that Ritz and her supporters say are no more than politically motivated power grabs from Ritz.
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 24, 2014
ISTEP could expand through 10th grade next year
Education policymakers, led by Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, convened to vote on a resolution that would provide guidance to the State Board of Education when it comes to designing and selecting its new state test vendor since the state's contract with current ISTEP administrator CTB/McGraw Hill expires this week.
June 23, 2014
Ritz, state board at odds over NCLB waiver status
Indiana has less than a week to answer U.S. Department of Education concerns that it is not complying with the terms of a 2012 federal waiver reached freeing the state from stringent sanctions of the No Child Left Behind Law. Board members and Superintendent Glenda Ritz sparred at a meeting today over board procedure and the status of the waiver.
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