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The Track Records Of The Companies Tapped For Indiana Interventions

A nationwide report released Friday shows the number of companies founded to run schools on a for-profit basis has nearly doubled in the past decade, and the number of students enrolled in the schools these companies run has almost tripled. But the report — from the National Education Policy Center — also offers insights on [...]

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 [...]

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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