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Proposed Charter School Would Teach Adult High School Students

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The charter schools would serve students who are 18 or older.

A proposed charter school that wants to open centers in five Indiana cities aims to give high school dropouts another chance to earn their diploma.

At a small meeting in Muncie on Wednesday, Goodwill Industries proposed opening adult high schools in Muncie, Bloomington, Marion, Columbus, and Indianapolis.  The Excel Center would offer free daycare service for children of students and would allow students to earn both a high school diploma as well as certification for specialty careers, like a pharmacy technician.

Goodwill Vice President of Education Betsy Delgado says the goal of this new high school is not to take students away from struggling public corporations, like the financially-distressed Muncie Community Schools.

“We’re an adult high school. We serve 18 and above age group. If a student were to come to us younger than that, for example, if they’re pregnant or something like that, we would work with the public school to understand what the best situation was for that student.”

Delgado says the goal of the new school would be to help stop the trend of dropping out of high school. At Thursday’s public hearing, Delgado said children of high school dropouts are 50% more likely to drop out themselves.

The Indiana Charter School Board will continue to take public comments online at charter-applications@icsb.in.gov until May 22, before they meet to discuss those comments on June 7

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