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November 13, 2017
Former Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz: Virtual schools ‘prey’ on vulnerable students
Ritz's comments appeared in a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal.
back in the game
May 18, 2017
Next act for former Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz: Consultant to school boards
The organization's mission is to help public school boards promote their schools’ work as well as analyze and fill gaps in literacy and reading programs.
how's it going?
March 23, 2017
She’s no Tony Bennett or Glenda Ritz — Jennifer McCormick is charting her own course as Indiana’s schools chief
More than two months into her administration, educators and advocates are praising McCormick’s focus and remain optimistic about her tenure.
January 9, 2017
11 things former state superintendent Glenda Ritz wants you to know as she leaves office
On Friday, Glenda Ritz sat down with Chalkbeat to talk about her time in office and her hopes for Indiana education in the future.
changing of the guard
November 23, 2016
Will Indiana Republicans now move to make the state superintendent job appointed?
With Glenda Ritz in the role, Republicans pushed to limit the superintendent's powers.
November 10, 2016
Glenda Ritz leaves office with an unexpected legacy: An energizing leader but also a one-hit wonder?
The polarizing education leader's four-year run in elected office ended in defeat to Jennifer McCormick Tuesday.
November 8, 2016
Glenda Ritz defeated by her Republican challenger in a big Election night upset
For the second time in four years, a political newcomer has unexpectedly triumphed over the incumbent in the race for Indiana state superintendent.
October 31, 2016
With days to the election, these questions loom large over the future of Indiana schools
What direction will Indiana choose and how will affect schools?
October 27, 2016
Seasoned educators vying for state superintendent agree: Indiana schools need more money
In general, aid for poor students decreased when the state funding formula was adjusted in 2015. Both candidates want to revisit that change with lawmakers next year.
October 26, 2016
With a million dollars, this Indianapolis school plans do a little bit of everything
The school will increase the amount of time students spend in school and teacher training.
October 17, 2016
As election nears, Republican challenger looks to distance herself from Bennett and Ritz
With just weeks before Hoosiers will be asked to elect the next Indiana schools chief, Republican candidate Jennifer McCormick is trying hard to distinguish herself.
October 5, 2016
Gregg: The only way politicians can help Indiana schools is by working together
The Democratic candidate for governor explains where he stands on major education issues.
October 4, 2016
Holcomb: The best teachers expect a lot and invest even more in their students
Holcomb, Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor, says he often draws on early school experiences to inform his education policies.
September 26, 2016
These 7 big 2016 Indiana election surprises could shape education decisions in the future
For educators and people invested in the state’s schools, there’s a lot at stake as voters’ choices.
September 20, 2016
Democrats argue school choice is driving segregation, but what does the data say?
The first charter schools and voucher laws in the country didn’t come along until the early 1990s, well after the problems of school resegregation became apparent.
July 26, 2016
In replacing Pence in governors race, Holcomb calls for cooperation on education
Indiana’s Republican party today solved one political mystery by naming Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb as its candidate for governor but, for educators, another huge question…
July 21, 2016
Superintendents race could have ‘huge impact’ on testing, preschools and the future of Indiana education
It’s easy to get caught up in the drama of major U.S. and statewide elections, but education advocates urge voters not to overlook this year’s superintendents race.
July 15, 2016
Could Pence leaving the governor’s race actually hurt Ritz’s chances?
The governor and state superintendent have had epic battles over education the last four years
State Superintendent Race
June 11, 2016
Ritz vs. McCormick is the 2016 showdown for Indiana state superintendent
Yorktown school Superintendent Jennifer McCormick today was named the Republican choice to challenge incumbent Democrat Glenda Ritz in the November election for state superintendent at…
May 2, 2016
Indiana teachers to lawmakers: ISTEP replacement should be shorter, more useful
Lawmakers made final recommendations to a 23-member panel that will meet throughout the year to explore new test options.
April 14, 2016
Indiana voucher growth slows significantly
This year, 32,686 kids got vouchers to pay for tuition at private schools.
February 23, 2016
Bill that would kill ISTEP passes Senate but debate over rescore remains
The bill next heads to a conference committee so lawmakers can work through their differences.
February 17, 2016
Senate panel nixes pricey ISTEP rescore
The bill, which also proposes the test expire in 2017, passed 8-3 and next heads to the full Senate.
February 9, 2016
Ritz: Indiana shouldn't expand its voucher program
About 33,000 students in the state currently receive them.
February 9, 2016
Junking Indiana’s ISTEP test: What might come next and at what cost?
Lawmakers want to overhaul standardized tests, but state and federal law could limit how much they change.
February 3, 2016
Technology concerns surface as Indiana approaches next ISTEP exam
Board members today said they were worried about computer glitches after a few statewide "stress tests."
January 28, 2016
Challenging Ritz, McCormick cites politics and management problems
The Yorktown superintendent is seeking the Republican nomination to run for state superintendent.
January 27, 2016
A challenger for Glenda Ritz could emerge this week
Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick plans an announcement about the superintendent race Thursday.
January 26, 2016
Key legislator's bill now calls for dumping ISTEP in 2017
What sort of statewide test would come next has not yet been determined.
January 26, 2016
Only a small share of Indiana schools earned higher A-F grades in 2015 (updated)
Just 6 percent of schools improved from 2014, compared to 30 percent that improved from 2013 to 2014.
January 21, 2016
It’s over: Pence signs bills pausing ISTEP consequences for one year
After nearly two years of debate, Pence and lawmakers bowed to Ritz’s solution to a big test score drop.
January 20, 2016
Indiana’s new A-F grade system: It’s not just about pass or fail anymore
2016 will be the first year grades are calculated under the new model.
January 12, 2016
Pence: Indiana needs to take action to improve ISTEP
Pence endorsed efforts to relieve schools and teachers from accountability sanctions in his annual State of the State address.
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
January 7, 2016
Lawmakers say ISTEP rescore necessary to ensure accuracy in 2016
The dramatic drop in standardized test scores that hit nearly every school in Indiana has re-energized some state legislators to go after the exam.
January 6, 2016
Republican senator's call for a 2-year delay of ISTEP sanctions goes nowhere
A bipartisan plan for a one-year reprieve from ISTEP consequences sailed through two legislative committees today.
January 6, 2016
Nearly all Indiana schools see ISTEP scores plunge
Here’s how badly Indiana’s schools did on the new ISTEP: Just four of 1,500 public schools that took the 2015 exam had more kids pass…
January 5, 2016
Bills aimed at teacher hiring take a back seat to ISTEP, for now
Several lawmakers are working on bills to offer incentives for college graduates to become teachers and other support.
January 4, 2016
Pence signs on to Ritz's approach to 'pause' A-F grades, ISTEP sanctions
Democrats and Republicans are backing a bill is expected to be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
January 4, 2016
5 bold predictions for the new year for ISTEP, teachers, Pence, Ritz and IPS
Ferebee is in demand, Ritz and Pence have political challenges and ISTEP could die in 2016.
December 21, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s teacher shortage debate: What comes next?
This isn't the first year Indiana schools have had troubled finding qualified teachers to fill open jobs, but it seems to be the first year everyone's paying attention.
December 9, 2015
Teachers union joins the push to roll back 2011 education reforms
The Indiana State Teachers Association wants lawmakers to relax bargaining rules, reduce testing and put a 2-year hold on accountability sanctions.
December 8, 2015
Charter school sponsor group ranks Indiana's charter law No. 1 in the U.S.
That state earned praise for tightening charter school accountability the past three years.
December 7, 2015
Ritz's teacher panel calls for regular raises and pay for advanced degrees
Recommendations urge changes to law to promote teacher recruiting and retention.
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.
November 23, 2015
Shortridge High School’s Melody Coryell wins $25,000 teaching award
Melody Coryell was the only Indiana teacher to win a $25,000 Milken Educator Award in 2015.
November 16, 2015
Lawmakers look to cut teachers a break, but not schools
Republicans plan to move quickly in January on a bill to relax ISTEP sanctions for teachers but want to keep A-F grades for schools.
November 11, 2015
State senator: Legislature should pass a bill now to relieve ISTEP sanctions
Sen. Mark Stoops proposed a bill to relieve schools and teachers from possible test score drops — But he wants it passed before lawmakers convene for the 2016 session.
November 11, 2015
As wrangling over poverty aid continues, some educators lose their jobs
Months into the school year, educators are still waiting to see how possible errors in calculating yearly federal poverty aid will be resolved.
November 4, 2015
Not so fast: State board wants revisions of high school diploma changes
New proposed high school diplomas will not move forward as planned — The Indiana State Board of Education voted to send them back to a committee for additional changes.
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