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


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.

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The Education State Of The State

Anger over right-to-work legislation from General Assembly Democrats and protestors in the statehouse may have been Tuesday’s biggest story, even as Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered his final State of the State address. But Daniels did take time to highlight Indiana’s moves to overhaul education policy in the past year in his speech. In case you missed it, here […]

Bennett Raises Possibility Of Withholding IPS Funding Over State Takeovers

Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett raised the possibility that Indianapolis Public Schools’ state funding could be withheld if, as he characterized it, IPS administrators continue to drag their feet during the transition process of state intervention or takeover at six of the district’s schools. “We find ourselves at odds about what the adults want. We […]

The Mayor Of Indianapolis Wants Control Of The City's Schools

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

This is actually the third or fourth time Indy mayor Greg Ballard has said he wants to control the four Indianapolis schools slated for state takeover.  The difference this time?  It’s election season. Ballard released a plan which calls for the Indiana State General Assembly to pass a law which would allow the city to […]

Bennett: Campaign Donations Had No Effect On Selection Of Turnaround Operators

Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett speaks at a meeting addressing the state takeover of Roosevelt High School in a Gary church.

Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett says he wasn’t directly involved in negotiating contracts with outside companies the state’s hiring to intervene in seven of the state’s failing schools. We’ve reported at least two of these companies — Edison Learning and Wireless Generation — each made donation’s to Bennett’s 2008 election campaign. In a meeting Thursday […]

School Rating System Shows Indiana Has More, Not Necessarily Better Charter Schools

Ninth graders listen to Jodie Mojzik's math lesson at George Washington Community High School, a public school in Indianapolis.

If 2011 was the “most successful year” for Indiana schools under the state’s rating system, school-level data analyzed by StateImpact suggest charter schools aren’t sharing in the success. Even though Indiana schools can’t earn higher than a C rating without meeting federal NCLB standards, the data show private and traditional public schools’ average ratings under Public Law […]

Not 'Slowing Down,' Bennett Calls For More State Intervention Authority

Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine after the Inspector General ruled he did violated one ethics code during his time in office.

State education chief Tony Bennett wants the Indiana Department of Education stepping in to help failing schools much earlier — and he wants state law to be changed to compel earlier, more “proactive” interventions. Bennett said so at a community meeting about the state’s takeover of T.C. Howe Community High School Wednesday night in Indianapolis, one […]

Republican Party Says Donations To Bennett Legitimate Contributions From Reform Minded Companies

Bennett says a number of companies were evaluated by IDOE official prior to making a decision

Officials released this statement in response to yesterday’s report, which revealed Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett had received donations from two companies who stand to benefit from plans to take over four Indianapolis schools. “It’s not surprising two groups committed to education reform throughout the country have in the past supported one of […]

Indiana Board of Education Approves Take Over Plan

The Indiana Board of Education held its final vote earlier today on the take over five Hoosier schools, four of them from Indianapolis. Our colleague Brandon Smith with Indiana Public Broadcasting filed this report. The board unanimously approved each of the Department of Education’s recommendations for state action on the schools in their sixth year of […]

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