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July 13, 2015
The basics of Mike Pence on education: A battle for control
As governor, Mike Pence has pushed for career and technical education, school choice, tougher school accountability and changes to standards and tests.
June 4, 2015
Glenda Ritz makes her run for governor official
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz today launched a run for governor, saying only by replacing Gov. Mike Pence can she give schools the support they need…
January 27, 2015
Lawmakers consider shifting Ritz's power to state board
The Indiana State Board of Education would get specific authority over testing, standards, student data, state takeovers, teacher evaluation and other functions that today are primarily managed by state Superintendent Glenda Ritz under a bill Indiana lawmakers considered today.
January 26, 2015
First steps toward changing Ritz's role expected Thursday
Republican lawmakers frustrated with state Superintendent Glenda Ritz will get their first chance on Thursday to discuss a bill that would effectively remove her as…
January 7, 2015
New A-to-F grading system clears hurdle after stumble
For a few minutes this morning, the latest dispute between state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s Indiana Department of Education and Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education…
December 5, 2014
Pence's 2015 education plans on funding, flexibility raise questions
Pence's made waves with his bombshell announcement Thursday that he would dissolve the Center for Education and Career Innovation and ask lawmakers to reconsider Ritz's leadership post on the Indiana State Board of Education. But the rest of the education agenda that dominated his speech contained a half-dozen major new proposals to overhaul Indiana's system of school finance, again expand access to charter schools, provide more money for private school tuition vouchers and add a new program he called “freedom to teach,” giving the state board authority to grant waivers from some state regulations to school districts that want to try innovative ways to “focus resources on student learning.”
September 25, 2014
Glenda Ritz blasts CECI for “orchestrating” state board votes
Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz told a radio host Wednesday that Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education and Career Innovation, which serves as the staff…
September 3, 2014
IPS deal with consultant for helping high schools collapses
A plan for The New Teacher Project to serve as “lead partner” for Indianapolis Public Schools imploded today after an Indiana State Board of Education debate over whether the district or a consultant would be in charge of instruction at two schools.
August 28, 2014
Indiana celebrates NCLB waiver win, but questions remain
Four months after Indiana was stunned to be put on a form of probation by the U.S. Department of Education, there was widespread relief today with federal officials approved the state's request to extend a waiver that releases schools from possible sanctions under No Child Left Behind. But there was also a sense that Indiana wasn't entirely out of the woods yet.
August 28, 2014
Indiana dodges NCLB waiver bullet, for now
Indiana today got a one year reprieve from possible penalties from the U.S. Department of Education. Those penalties, including the loss of control over more than $200 million in federal aid that goes to local schools, won’t happen before June 30 of next year.
July 10, 2014
Tindley says it can't afford to keep running Arlington High School
Tindley Schools, the charter school group that has run former Indianapolis’ Arlington High School for two years under a contract with the state, said today it wants out. The leader of the non-profit group that also operates a network of Indianapolis charter schools told the Indiana State Board of Education Tindley simply couldn’t afford to keep managing the school unless it received an additional $2.4 million in aid.
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.
May 2, 2014
New tensions begin to emerge over state's NCLB response
Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz put aside their 2013 squabbles to form an alliance for the fight over new state academic standards last month, but dividing lines between them may re-emerge as the state scrambles to respond to a warning from the federal government.
April 22, 2014
Pence, Ritz strongly endorse new Indiana standards over objections
Gov. Mike Pence, a national voice in opposition of Common Core, strongly endorsed Indiana’s new draft standards over loud laughs and jeers from a packed house at today’s Education Roundtable meeting. The roundtable, which is the first step in Indiana’s standards approval process, approved the controversial standards by votes of 21- 2 with an abstention for English and 21-3 for math.
February 12, 2014
In rare legislative appearance, Pence touts preschool
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence testified on behalf of a bill for the first time as governor today, making a personal plea for support for his proposed preschool pilot program. His goal: Get reluctant fellow Republicans on the Senate Education Committee to vote yes on House Bill 1004 to create the program. But the bill could still be in trouble. After Pence's remarks, Republican committee members remained skeptical, asking a long list of questions about the cost, practicality and need for state-paid preschool.
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