Indianapolis Mayor Wants More Charter Schools

Mayor Greg Ballard says more children in Indianapolis need access to high quality education.

Greg Ballard

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The Council‘s Community Affairs Committee will consider four charter proposals next month.

As the Indianapolis City-County Council considers creating three new charter schools, the Deputy Mayor of Education Jason Kloth says the Ballard administration strongly believes the expansion of the schools is necessary for the city because every child and every family should have access to high quality education options.

Kloth says charter schools are funded by the state on a per-pupil basis like traditional public schools but they receive less than traditional schools because charters do not receive funding for facilities and transportation.

He says, because of that, charter schools are completely driven on performance in order to keep their per-pupil funding up and if the schools are not performing, parents will not enroll their children in those schools and they will not continue to operate.

Kloth says there are more than 2,300 children in the city on a waiting list to get into existing charters and that does not include the areas where the schools are not an option for families.

The City-County Council will vote on Monday to approve the creation of three charter elementary schools.  The Council‘s Community Affairs Committee will consider four other charter proposals next month.

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