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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?

April 22, 2015

 

State superintendent Glenda Ritz currently serves as the chair of the State Board of Education, but if Senate Bill 1 goes forward that would no longer be the case. (Photo Credit: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana)

A Recap Of Senate Bill 1 And The Future Of The SBOE

SB 1 could change the state superintendent's role on the State Board of Education – but she would retain many of her other duties.

April 15, 2015

 

Dunbar-Pulaski Academic & Career Academy, Gary, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

School Closing Forces Gary Community To Look For Solutions

The State Board of Education voted last month to close a failing middle school in Gary. What could that mean for the district as a whole?

April 8, 2015

 

Universities around Indiana are responding to the religious freedom bill passed last week. (Photo Credit: Barbara Harrington/WTIU News)

Indiana’s Reputation Post-RFRA Reaches Potential Students

As the decision deadline approaches, students considering college in Indiana are weighing the potential implications of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

March 25, 2015

 

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A Look At Indiana’s Testing System, Present & Future

Education policymakers are in the midst of deciding which standardized test Indiana students will take, and how much they will cost.

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