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What Does It Mean For A School To 'Fail'?

Background

Schools classified in the lowest category of performers in the state for six consecutive years can be taken over by the Indiana State Board of Education.

Currently, 17 schools fall into this category — including about half of the high schools in the struggling Indianapolis Public School Corporation.

The Board of Education is empowered to take a number of remediation efforts, including turning over administration of the school to an outside manager or charter school operator.

Latest Posts

Bennett Says Legislature Should Look At District Takeover Provision Next Session

From Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett says he wants to see the General Assembly address state intervention on a broader, district-wide level — and he wants that discussion to take place as soon as possible. “It’s not in the state’s best interest to operate schools,” he says. “Schools are [...]

IPS Will Challenge State Funding Figures In Ongoing Takeover Fight

Indianapolis Public Schools officials will appeal a State Board of Education decision the district says erroneously awards too much money to the management teams in charge of four takeover schools. The board allocated $13.9 to the schools based on September 2011 enrollment figures, but Superintendent Eugene White says that’s about $5 million too much. He [...]

'Eugene White Doesn't Want To Be Kicked Around'

If Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Eugene White is leaving, it won’t be for Greenville, S.C. Greenville’s school board decided to pass on White and appoint an in-house candidate as their next superintendent last night. White interviewed Tuesday for the top job in Mobile, Ala., where he’s a finalist. Why make for the exit now? For one [...]

State Panel Approves Rewired School Letter Grading System

All Indiana schools will now earn state letter grade ratings based not only on changes in the school’s passage rates on state tests, but on “growth” in individual students’ test scores from year to year. The Indiana State Board of Education approved this move by a 6-2 vote Wednesday morning as part of an effort [...]

Opponents Of Sped-Up School Takeover Timeline Let State Officials Have It

Opponents of a rule that could put 105 schools in jeopardy for state intervention or takeover next year voiced their displeasure Tuesday at a public meeting in Indianapolis before the state executive panel behind the proposed change. One member of the Indiana Board of Education was present at the hearing for a proposed rule to [...]

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