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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.
June 18, 2015
Appointing IPS board members on Brewer's agenda for mayoral campaign
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer thinks the city should be more involved in education — so much so that he proposed adding two mayoral appointees to the…
June 17, 2015
City reshuffles education staff as Jason Kloth departs
With the departure of Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office overseeing education programs and charter schools is undergoing a transition.
May 12, 2015
Colorado plateaus in annual preschool ranking
While state funding for the Colorado Preschool Program increased a bit last year, Colorado didn't improve on measures of preschool quality or access, according to an annual ranking published by the National Institute for Early Education Research or NIEER.
May 5, 2015
Video: Experts discuss challenges of Indianapolis preschool expansion
Preschool options are growing in Indianapolis and statewide, but real practical challenges remain before early education advocates say the state will have an infrastructure it can be proud of.
April 18, 2015
Panel: Partnerships, big and small, are key to preschool progress in Indianapolis
Preschool educators and policymakers gathered to talk about the future of preschool in Indianapolis, hosted by Chalkbeat in partnership with WFYI and Butler University.
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.
Financing with a twist
April 1, 2015
More groups explore how Pay For Success financing can help kids
After bursting onto the national scene a few years ago, Pay For Success financing is gaining traction among Colorado school districts and early childhood organizations. Three Colorado groups are currently investigating the model as a way to improve outcomes from children and youth.
March 2, 2015
Council approves funding for Indianapolis preschool program
Paying for the program was the final decision needed to put into action what is expected to be a five-year program.
February 19, 2015
New push to quantify, prevent preschool expulsions in Colorado
With a recent federal spotlight on the issue of preschool expulsion, some Colorado stakeholders want the state to collect data on incidence rates and create policies around the topic.
February 11, 2015
Committee OKs using reserve cash to pay for city preschool program
The funding plan will now face approval by the full Indianapolis City-County Council, which in December passed the framework for the preschool program by a wide margin.
February 9, 2015
City-County Council begins debate about how to pay for preschool
The plan for a $40 million public-private partnership between the city, businesses and philanthropy groups to provide preschool for 1,000 poor children passed the council by a wide margin in December after months of compromise between council Democrats and Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, who was blocked by Democrats when he first pitched the idea for a similar program last summer.
February 2, 2015
These 9 education changes could move ahead in the legislature — but 6 others probably won't
There's no question a huge battle will take place over the role of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on the Indiana State Board of Education. But of the 122 education-focused bills the Indiana General Assembly is expected to consider, just a fraction will make it through to Gov. Mike Pence's desk in April to become law.
January 22, 2015
Report: Many states, including Colorado, increase preschool funding
When it comes to trends in state preschool funding, Colorado runs with the pack. It was one of 28 states (and the District of Columbia)…
January 14, 2015
IPS ended 2014 with a $4.1 million surplus despite less state aid
Indianapolis Public Schools weathered a deep $10 million cut in state aid last year but still finished 2014 with a small $4.1 million surplus it put toward savings. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said it took $5 million in new budget cuts last year to produce that savings. IPS spent $232.5 million from its genral fund, which pays for day-to-day operating costs like salaries, benefits, learning materials and utilities.
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