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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 […]

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 […]

No, Really — Indiana's 'Boring School Finance Bill' Could Change Everything

Students in a classroom at East Side Intermediate in Anderson.

At a basic level, the state funding mechanism for Indiana schools is pretty simple: Count the number of students in each district once every year, then pay districts a certain amount of money for each one. But the Indiana General Assembly changed that in a fundamental way last session when they added a second student count date. […]

McRobbie: IU On Pace For Record Enrollment

Without naming specific figures, president Michael McRobbie said Indiana University may be on pace to set records in student enrollment for the school year set to begin next week on some campuses. “We are certainly seeing numbers that indicate, if you talk about education as a product, we have a product people want, and they […]

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