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August 2, 2017
Howe and Manual will stay open three more years under the management of CSUSA
The chronically failing schools were part of Indianapolis Public Schools until they were taken over by the state in 2012.
December 2, 2015
State board OK with IPS promises that Arlington High School is on the mend
Ferebee said challenges still exist, mainly in relationship-building between teachers and students, filling teaching positions and getting a handle on instruction.
September 16, 2015
State board members approve lower passing scores for teacher exams
In a divided vote, the Indiana State Board of Education today voted 7-3 to make it a bit easier for aspiring teachers to earn a passing score on five different exams required to earn licenses.
May 19, 2015
Teachers union to Pence: Reappoint Cari Whicker to the state board
A teachers union list of recommendations for who Gov. Mike Pence should appoint to the Indiana State Board of Education is telling for who it suggests, and who it doesn't
May 7, 2015
Pence signs bill that will change the Indiana State Board of Education
Gov. Mike Pence made it official today: the Indiana State Board is getting an overhaul.
May 4, 2015
Indiana State Board of Education in limbo after legislature's move
Gov. Mike Pence made a bold call in December for big changes he said would “restore harmony” to the contentious Indiana State Board…
March 12, 2015
State board says no sanctions for 2 F-rated charter schools
The Indiana State Board of Education today decided not to sanction two charter schools with repeated F grades after a debate over how to evaluate progress at charter schools that serve mostly troubled students.
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 6, 2014
State board renews ongoing fight over Ritz’s power
The months-long Indiana State Board of Education debate over how much power state Superintendent Glenda Ritz should have to guide its meetings continued Wednesday with…
June 5, 2014
A case study in Indiana State Board of Education dysfunction
How did a seemingly simple procedural change, one that Indiana State Board of Education members and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz unanimously favored, become a half-hour…
June 3, 2014
Questions remain as Indiana's NCLB deadline nears
Indiana now has less than a month to satisfy U.S. Department of Education concerns that have put it in jeopardy of facing federal sanctions, and…
May 14, 2014
Ritz-led effort to block teacher certification changes narrowly fails
An effort to kill changes to teacher certification, led by state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, was narrowly defeated by the Indiana State Board of Education today. The debate centered on a proposed “career specialist” teacher license. The rules allow anyone with significant professional experience in a subject to teach. They do not need any background in teaching.
January 15, 2014
More A's and B's, fewer F's for Indiana school districts
Indiana school districts earned more A and B grades, and fewer D’s and F’s, than last year on their state report cards. The grades for…
January 14, 2014
Educators blast teacher certification rules
Opponents of changes to teacher licensing, which were pushed through by former state Superintendent Tony Bennett as one of his final acts before leaving Indiana,…
November 13, 2013
Board tension explodes as Ritz walks out on meeting (updated)
State board members Cari Whicker (right) Dan Elsner (center) and B.J. Watts (obscured) speak with CECI attorney Michelle McKeown after State Superintendent Glenda Ritz walked out of the meeting. The Indiana State Board of Education descended into chaos Wednesday as Superintendent Glenda Ritz declared the meeting adjourned and walked out over the objections of the rest of the board. Rife with confusion, the remaining nine board members tried to press on until an attorney and a representative from Gov. Mike Pence's office advised them to end the meeting without further action. "We have debates every meeting between the State Board of Education's lawyers and the Department of Education's lawyers," an exasperated Ritz said just before leaving. "I'm taking this to the attorney general." Incredulous, board member Dan Elsener, who serves as secretary, tried to step in and continue the meeting. "This is bad governance, bad leadership and it's inappropriate," Elsener said. Debate throughout the three-hour meeting repeatedly came back to questions of control — who writes the official minutes, who sets the agenda, who gets to speak during discussion and which staff members get to have input into the board's decisions. On Tuesday, Ritz authored a newspaper guest column sharply criticizing Pence's push into education policy making as an "education takeover."
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