DeVos, who wants less federal oversight in education, says IPS gives parents and school leaders more control and choice over their classrooms.
The freshman class will be 150 students for 2017-18 with a new class added each year.
District officials say they know closing a school is a highly-charged issue, but they see no other options.
Audit reports from the State Board of Accounts and the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) said the district actually has $60 million in cash reserves.
The Indianapolis Public Schools and IndyGo bus system are studying whether the two can create a transportation partnership for students.
IPS created a plan with the Department of Education to make athletic opportunities for both girls and boys equal within the school district.
Indianapolis Public Schools briefly halted online ISTEP+ testing Monday morning after a new “network issue” disrupted the exams.
The Board of Education says adding fourth-through-sixth graders would in essence extend the state takeover to schools which haven‘t been classified as failing.
The quarreling over the state takeover of four Indianapolis Public Schools has gone before a legislative study committee.
White's office reported that high school graduation rates have jumped, but schools have failed to meet minimum education standards over the past six years.