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Judge Rules Indianapolis Mayor Can Revoke Project School's Charter

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was within his authority as a charter school authorizer to close The Project School, according to an e-mail from the school’s leader. The mayor announced he would revoke the struggling school’s charter two weeks ago, citing poor performance on state standardized tests. School leaders had received a […]

Parents Keeping Options Open As Project School Hearing Moves To Federal Court

Families mill around the table for The Indianapolis Project School at an enrollment fair Thursday night, July 27, 2012. The office of Mayor Greg Ballard set up the enrollment fair initially to help families find new schools where they can enroll their students after The Project School's charter was revoked. A legal battle, though, has delayed the school's closure, so the school participated in the enrollment fair.

We’ve been following the debate over the fate of a charter school in Indianapolis that highlights a difficulty in meshing school choice and accountability statewide. The latest in the case from Indiana Public Media: Leaders of Indianapolis’ Project School Board of Directors say the school‘s case against the city has been moved to Federal Court. […]

Project School Board Members Tell Mayor New Students Need Time To Catch Up

Parents and students arrived at Wednesday's emergency school board meetings holding homemade signs. Throughout the meeting, they cheered and chanted, 'Save our school!'

A group of parents whose children attend The Indianapolis Project School say they’ll protest an enrollment fair aimed at placing their children in other schools. Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday he plans to revoke the school’s charter because so few of its students passed statewide standardized tests this spring. School leaders met with the mayor’s office […]

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 […]

When Did Charter Schools Become Controversial?

Indiana Republicans spent the last legislative session pushing charter schools expansion.  Democrats never got on board, and the conflict came to a head in Febuary when House Democrats walked out.  But charter schools haven’t always been a partisan issue.  Listen below to hear the broadcast version of the story.

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 […]

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