Education, From The Capitol To The Classroom


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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Indiana Superintendent Received Donations From Two Companies Involved In "Failing" Schools Plan


Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett received three thousand dollars in donations from two vendors connected with two “failing” schools in Indianapolis.  In 2009, Bennett received two thousand dollars from Edison Learning, the company selected to take over Theodore Roosevelt Career and Technical Academy in Gary.  That same year, Bennett accepted a campaign donation […]

Which Indiana Schools Are At The Highest Risk Of 'Failing'?

Frustrations from top IPS leaders vented at a school board meeting Thursday, August 26, aren't necessarily shared by everyone in the individual schools.

Statewide school performance numbers released Monday show five schools — including one charter — at the greatest risk of meeting the same fate next year as the seven “failing” schools now facing state intervention. State law mandates no school can get an “F” rating — indicating the school is on “academic probation” — more than five […]

Murdoch-Controlled Company Tapped For Indianapolis Intervention Takes $27M Hit In New York

Rupert Murdoch’s coming in to turn around a failing Indianapolis public school — at least, one of the companies he owns will. The Indiana Department of Education announced Thursday it had appointed Wireless Generation, a News Corp-owned company that helps teachers work with student-level data in the classroom, to help turn around Washington Community High […]

Meet Your New Boss: EdPower

EdPower is the only Indiana based company selected to take over one of the “failing” high schools in Indianapolis. Unlike the other two operators, EdPower is not a large organization, operating only two schools; the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Academy and the Challenge Foundation Academy both in Indianapolis. The company also runs a consulting division […]

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 […]

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