Posts Tagged ‘Tony Bennett’

Virtual Charters expand; add second school

A virtual charter school pilot program is being expanded to add a second school, the Indiana Department of Education announced this week.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brian Flood has the story.

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State Edu Chief Meeting with Struggling Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is meeting this week with leaders of the Indiana schools that have been placed on academic probation.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.      Hear the Story

Bennett Squares Off with Higher Ed on Teacher Licensing

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett faced a skeptical crowd of about two hundred education professionals in Indianapolis last night, as he defended his proposals to change how education students, teachers, principals and superintendents enter and maintain their professions. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

View video clips of the event and surrounding discussion here.

Department of Ed Chooses Virtual School Operator

The Indiana Department of Education has selected an operator for a virtual charter school pilot program authorized by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2009 special session. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Education Chief Prepares for Federal Stimulus Money for Schools

As President Barack Obama was signing the federal economic stimulus plan today, Indiana officials spent time trying to figure out exactly how much money is coming to the state and how it can be used. Among them is Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Bennett. He says Indiana will likely receive about one point three billion dollars for education, with nearly all of that money flowing directly to schools through Title one grants for low income students and special education programs. Bennett says there is some flexibility in how that money can be spent, so he is cautioning schools to focus on one time expenses.

“We have no indication that leads us to believe that school corporations should engage in an activity that makes this part of a salary base or a type of any structure that will lead to the funding of ongoing expenses.”

Bennett says the federal government has not given a precise date when the money will be ready for Indiana schools. But he says most of the money will come sooner, rather than later.

Candidates Say Free Textbooks Soon is Unlikely

The two candidates vying to become Indiana’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction say with a tight economy, they don’t see fully funded textbooks as a reality in the near future for Indiana’s school children.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.