1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Indy Charter School To Close After Cheating On ISTEP

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard
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Flanner House Elementary, a charter school sponsored by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office, will close after allegations of cheating on ISTEP tests.

Mayor Ballard accepted the decision by Flanner House’s Board of Directors Thursday to surrender its charter and close the school.

The Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation began investigating the school after it showed “extraordinarily high gains” on ISTEP tests in 2013 and 2014.

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9:38 am
Thu August 21, 2014

More Indiana Students Taking AP Classes

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More Indiana high school students are enrolling in "advanced placement" classes, according to the state Department of Education.

Indianapolis Public Schools saw a more than 80-percent jump between 2006 and 2011 according to the Department of Education.

Carmel Clay saw a 115 percent increase in students taking "A-P" classes.

State education officials say this is more than just a point of pride for students and is also saving real money.

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6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Regional Research And Picking Amazon

President Daniels says summer enrollment was up (but not enough) and choosing Amazon to bring book costs down isn't an example of picking economic winners and losers.
Credit Purdue University

Some questions for this month's talk, which can be heard in its entirety from 12:00-12:30 and 6:00-6:30 on WBAA News Wednesday:

You responded Monday to the IPFW faculty senate about comments you made about whether research should be done at regional campuses. What prompted you to respond?

How do you see campuses like IPFW and IUPUI playing into Purdue’s research mission going forward?

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11:09 am
Mon August 18, 2014

As New School Year Begins, Teachers Cope With Education Changes

Teachers around the state are trying to adjust to new standards and anticipate the unknown assessment students will take this spring.

When the final bell rings at the end of a school year, students have a lot to celebrate: two months of uninterrupted swimming, biking, ice cream trucks and of course, freedom from school and homework.

But for Indiana teachers, this summer wasn’t much of a break, and many still had their minds stuck in the classroom.

It’s July and Tami Geltmaker, an administrator in the Crawford County School Corporation, joins dozens of other school administrators from southern Indiana for a professional development session focused on the new standards.

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3:59 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Anti-bullying Campaign Will Target 30,000 Central Indiana Kids

The program is aimed at improving empathy and compassion among school children.
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A program in Central Indiana will teach anti-bullying techniques to more than 30,000 schoolchildren.

Social Health Association CEO Tonja Eagan says the “Step Up For Kindness” campaign stresses a number of skills useful in preventing or stopping bullying, including kindness, empathy, good character and helping someone if they’re being bullied.

National statistics suggest as many as 25-percent of kids are bullied at some point and 1-in-20 bullying victims drops out of school as a result.

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3:25 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Mintonye Elementary, Closed After November Tornado, To Re-open Wednesday

Donations poured in to help kids affected when the storms ripped through several Tippecanoe School Corporation buildings in November.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Students at one Tippecanoe County school will return to class Wednesday, nearly nine months after a powerful tornado damaged the building.

Mintonye Elementary suffered major damage after winds of up to 165 miles per hour blew through the area on November 18.   Students had to finish out the school year in another building across town.

Tippecanoe School Corporation Spokeswoman Sue Scott says the elementary school has since been reinforced for safety.

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6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

In Indy, Buses Aren't Just For Taking Kids To School Anymore

This converted bus has coolers to keep food fresh and serve it to students in Indianapolis' Wayne Township.
Credit Jimmy Jenkins / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As the school year begins, students are already facing a lot of expectations such as performing well on state assessments and meeting the state’s learning benchmarks.

But before a child can do any of those things well, basic needs, including getting enough food to eat, must be met. One Indianapolis school district is making food security a priority – and not just during the school year, but year-round.

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6:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

A Look Inside One County Preparing For State's Pre-K Pilot

Jackson County is one of five chosen by the state to be a test case for an eventual statewide roll-out of pre-kindergarten programs.
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Emerson Elementary School in Seymour is playing host this summer to a kindergarten program called Jump Start – as well as a group of participating five-year-olds like Zoe who is eager to talk about what she’s doing here.

"It’s like getting ready for kindergarten," Zoe says. "My teacher told me we were going to do a lot of stuff."

For Zoe, and many other four and five-year-olds in Jackson County, programs like Jump Start have always been their first introduction to school…until now.

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12:12 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

State Still Waiting On No Child Left Behind Waiver Request

Howe High School in Indianapolis -- one of the schools taken over by private operators after years of failing student test scores.
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Even as five more states were granted waivers Thursday from certain parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Indiana looks for the time being like it’s been…left behind.

Federal education officials had promised an answer on Indiana’s waiver request by the end of July, but a press release from the U.S. Department of Education yesterday confirmed a decision has not been made on Indiana’s claim.

"Despite media reports to the contrary, no decision has been made by the federal government regarding Indiana’s waiver," the press release says.

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11:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Though Ritz Can't Sue The State Board Of Education, A Judge Says Hoosiers Can

Glenda Ritz alleged the state board violated open meetings statutes. A judge said she had no standing. But a court now says Hoosiers themselves do.
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A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.

The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.

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