Pending Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard‘s approval, there will soon be three new charter schools in the city.
The City-County Council approved the proposal Monday creating three new elementary charter schools to be run by Ed-Power, which already runs three schools in the city.
Many councilors questioned the growing number of charters in the city and Democratic Councilor Vernon Brown expressed concern of many charter schools being located in the district of Indianapolis Public Schools.
“If you have 26 charter schools and 20 of them are in the IPS district and you only have six of them in the township schools‘ district, that‘s an issue for a lot of councilors here,” Brown says. “I mean, if you‘re doing the best for children in educational opportunities, then that educational opportunity should be all over Marion County, just not in IPS school service district.”
Democratic Councilor At-Large LeRoy Robinson said they needed to focus on the schools at hand.
Councilor At-Large Zach Adamson agreed, saying each potential charter school should be measured based its own merits.