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Most A-Rated IPS Schools Are Independent Of District Policies

PLA @ Francis Scott Key School 103 is on the city's Far Eastside. The schools earned an A from the state for 2017. (Indianapolis Public Schools)

Three years ago School 103 on the Far Eastside was struggling, more than most city schools. Few students were learning at grade level and the state would soon consider intervention. In response, Indianapolis Public Schools Board used a new law that allows struggling schools to contract with a charter school company and run independently of district policies.  The […]

Restauranteur Establishing Learning Gardens At Indy Schools

Kimbal Musk, brother of Elon the CEO of Tesla, is entrepreneur and restaurateur. (WFYI News)

Farm-to-table restaurateur Kimbal Musk, brother of Tesla founder Elon Musk, is a quarter of the way to his goal of establishing 100 “learning gardens” at Indianapolis schools to fight obesity and related health threats. “Today, kids see food either as coming from a McDonald’s box or out of plastic wrap,” Musk says. “They have no […]

Betsy DeVos Awards Indiana $60M To Expand Charter Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and husband Dick eat at the Eastern Hancock High School cafeteria for the annual FFA hog roast fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 during the last stop on the “Rethink School” tour. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

Indiana will receive $59.9 million in federal funds to expand charter schools over the next five years. Federal Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the award Thursday as part of a total package of approximately $514.9 million in recommended grants for eight other states, charter management organizations, non-profit organizations and state agencies.

Applications Open For 10 Pre-K Expansion Counties

(Jen Rost/Flickr)

The state-funded preschool pilot program that began with five counties was expanded during the 2017 legislative session for 15 more counties. Now, parents in 10 of those counties can apply for half-year preschool. But all low-income families applying will also have to comply with a new program requirement. A state grant would pay for half […]

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