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What They’re Saying About A Plan To Overhaul Indianapolis Public Schools

For a “conversation starter,” the proposal The Mind Trust released Sunday sure is explosive. The 154-page report proposes gutting the Indianapolis Public Schools’ administrative budget, dissolving the locally-elected school board in favor of mayoral control, and giving IPS schools freedom to set their own budgets and curricula. Agree or disagree, it’s possible the report could have […]

What Greg Ballard's Victory Means For Education

A number of policy experts have said that Indianapolis’s traditional public schools have a major image problem with many residents.

A Greg Ballard victory in Indianapolis means more charter schools. His office is currently the only municipal authority in the country with the power to create and oversee new charter schools and Ballard has not been shy in declaring his intention to bring more to the city. Here is an article from the Indy Star outlining […]

Is The Answer For IPS More Magnet Schools?

Indianapolis Public Schools administrators believes they’ve found a new way for the district to compete in the ever-freer marketplace for state-funded education in Indiana: play up the district’s magnet school offerings. IPS currently operates 18 magnet schools, with each offering a different curriculum designed to reach specific sets of student interests and needs. IPS plans […]

IPS: Bring On The Competition

Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Eugene White drew a bright line Monday between the schools getting help from state-appointed turnaround operators and those the district currently controls, writing on the Hoosier Ed blog his district is “not afraid of competition”: Fear of competition is not what drives us on our continuing path toward excellence — it’s […]

What Happened To Six Indianapolis Public Schools Thursday?

Six “failing” Indianapolis public schools will either face a state-run takeover or be put on a short state-held leash, we learned Thursday — as we had reported they would. Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett announced Thursday the state’s Department of Education would bring in private operators to run Manual, Howe, and Arlington High Schools, along […]

In Gary & Indy, Frustrations Bubble Up Over State Intervention

Gary Community Schools officials say they felt out of the loop on the Indiana Department of Education’s plans to assume management of one of its schools the state labeled as “failing,” reports our partner station Lakeshore Public Radio. Superintendent Myrtle Campbell told reporter Steve Walsh she first learned of the state’s intention to appoint private […]

Rhetoric Heating Up Around Indianapolis School Takeover

Indianapolis Public School leaders have been pushing back against the state Department of Education announced 2 weeks ago its intentions to take over of six of the district’s schools under Indiana school accountability laws. With final decisions on what that takeover will look like looming at the end of this month, the back-and-forth between state […]

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