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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 […]

What A Coal Mining Program Says About The Future Of Correctional Education

Department of Corrections officials say it costs about $7,000 to run a program like this one for 15 people. Before the college degree programs ended, the state spent $7 to 10 million to educate 2,400 students. The state paid this funding directly to the DOC’s partner colleges.

It’s graduation day for 33-year-old prison inmate DJ Coomer at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Branchville, Ind. He’s wearing his beige prison uniform, not a graduation robe. He’ll have to hand over his diploma to the prison secretary before he leaves the graduation ceremony, and at the end of the day, he’ll still be in […]

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