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IDOE Says No Negotiation For Schools Facing Takeover

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said several options will be considered when it comes to intervention, negotiation will not be one of them.

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Options include putting in a turnaround school operator first or closing and merging schools

Indiana‘s Superintendent of Public Instruction had some words on the school turnaround programs involving six Indianapolis Public Schools at yesterdays Board of Education meeting.  Dr. Tony Bennett said he will not negotiate with the seven schools that are facing possible takeover from the state, six of which are in the IPS district. Dr. Bennett said several options will be considered when it comes to intervention, including a “lead partner” program.  Other options include putting in a turnaround school operator first or closing and merging schools.  Dr. Bennett also said the DOE also needs to continue to focus on the eleven schools that made it off the potential takeover list and that some of them have already reached out to the department for help in order to avoid going back on the list.  Dr. Bennett added that he would like to see a grade system for school corporations on top of the grading systems already in place for individual schools.

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