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July 22, 2015


State Superintendent Glenda Ritz faces the press following the official announcement of her run for governor. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

What Do Analysts Make of The Ritz For Governor Campaign?

State superintendent Glenda Ritz is facing a stumbling block in her gubernatorial campaign. Can she still regain footing to be competitive in the primary?

July 8, 2015


Building blocks were among wome of the new materials Tina Howell was able to purchase for her pre-k classroom at Brownstown Christian Daycare. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Final Countdown: Jackson County Readies For On My Way Pre-K

Jackson County, the only rural county selected for Indiana's On My Way Pre-K program, will launch its pilot efforts in just a few weeks.

July 2, 2015


Five years ago, the General Assembly created a school choice program to help low-income students get out of failing schools. Today, more middle class families and students who never attended public schools are using the vouchers. (Photo Credit: Claire McInerny/StateImpact Indiana)

5 Years Later, School Choice Looks Dramatically Different

The school choice program created five years ago to help low-income students get out of failing schools now looks dramatically different.

July 1, 2015


Arlington Community High School has returned to Indianapolis Public Schools Corp. after three years being run under a state contract by charter school company Tindley Accelerated Schools. (Photo Credit: Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

Arlington Returns To IPS But Students Fear Too Much Change

Arlington High School returns to Indianapolis Public Schools today, but students fear too much change.

June 16, 2015


Indianapolis Public Schools students at a commencement ceremony on June 9, 2015. (Photo Credit: Indianapolis Public Schools)

Once Common, Graduation Waivers Now A Last Resort At IPS

Like many school districts across the state, Indianapolis Public Schools are working to lessen the number of graduation waivers students receive.

June 10, 2015


A supporter holds his sign supporting state superintendent Glenda Ritz during her announcement she will run for governor in 2016. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Ritz Roundup: ‘Glenda For Governor’ and Other Links

Looking forward to state superintendent Glenda Ritz's campaign for governor of Indiana, peek at some of her stances on education issues throughout her tenure.

May 28, 2015


(Photo Credit: Michelle Vinnacombe/Flickr)

How Charter Schools Benefit From The Newest Budget

High-performing charter schools will now have access to more state money. What will that mean for the alternative schools and their traditional counterparts?

May 13, 2015


One of the referendum proposed for Brownsburg would have helped fund renovations to the districtâs only high school, which opened in 1907. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

It’s Complicated: How Indiana Schools Find Funding

District budgets rely on a number of moving parts – like whether voters agree to pay extra taxes, or how the legislature decides to calculate state funding.

May 6, 2015


Options Charter School is one of the first charters to receive four consecutive âFâ grades under the state accountability system. The school appealed to the State Board of Education in March to stay open, and the board gave them one year to prove they are a high quality school. (Photo Credit: Claire McInerny/StateImpact Indiana)

Fight Against Failure: Charters Struggle With Accountability

Two charter schools that cater to low-performing students are considered failing by the state, and are fighting that designation.

April 29, 2015


School districts may turn to voters to help finance construction or general fund projects during elections. (Photo Credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr)

What’s The Word? Schools As Salespeople For Referenda

With property tax caps in place, many school districts turn to voters to help fund capital projects – how do they make the sale?

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