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On Count Day, IPS Losses Might Not Be As Dramatic As Once Feared

How many students do you count in this photo? (Taken at Indianapolis' Washington High School)

Spencer Lloyd, one of a handful of teachers left at Manual High School after control of the building transfered to turnaround operator Charter Schools USA, called it the $64 million question: How many students would show up for class this semester at four IPS takeover schools? We’re about to get an answer. The Indiana Department [...]

Students Must Learn Operators' New Rules At State Takeover Schools

A group of new math teachers working at the three Indianapolis turnaround schools run by Charter Schools USA work on lesson plans. The Florida company relied heavily on Teach For America recruits to staff the schools last year.

Can a tucked-in shirt or a handshake turn around a failing school? According to a series of articles this weekend in the Indianapolis Star, the new operators of four struggling Indianapolis Public Schools are using structure and discipline to communicate their expectations to students. Scott Elliott writes that at Arlington, which is now under the [...]

At State Takeover Schools, Attendance Has Been Even Lower Than Expected

Charter Schools USA president and CEO Jon Hage speaks to a meeting in Indianapolis ahead as part of preparations for his company's takeover of Manual High School in July.

Enrollment at state takeover schools is even lower than turnaround operators anticipated, writes the Indianapolis Star‘s Scott Elliott: But one week into the experiment, enrollment at the three former Indianapolis Public Schools that have started — Manual, Howe Community High School and Donnan Middle School — is down significantly, by 43 percent. It would appear [...]

Turnaround Schools Will Continue To Compete With IPS For Students, Funds

Manual High School in Indianapolis

The relationship between Indianapolis Public Schools and the turnaround operator tasked with fixing three failing schools is improving, says Jon Hage, CEO of Charter Schools USA. “It’s no longer about what or if but now how we continue to work together because the reality is for the next four years, at least with the current [...]

Teachers Say Students Have Been Left In The Dark On Takeover Details

Indianapolis Public Schools officials let students at the four buildings facing state-led takeovers choose where they want to go to school next year, so long as they made a decision by February. By the time decision day came, almost 1,400 of them decided to transfer to another IPS school. Nearly 1,800 others will stay put as [...]

Why You Might End Up With A Charter School In Your Neighborhood Whether You Want One Or Not

A new law passed by the Indiana State General Assembly last year allows charter school operators to pick up unused school property for $1 and charter schools operators have not been shy about hunting these schools down. Emily Pelino heads a number of KIPP charters in Indianapolis. She says her company is looking to update the schools current building arrangement.

The Track Records Of The Companies Tapped For Indiana Interventions

A nationwide report released Friday shows the number of companies founded to run schools on a for-profit basis has nearly doubled in the past decade, and the number of students enrolled in the schools these companies run has almost tripled. But the report — from the National Education Policy Center — also offers insights on [...]

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