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'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 […]

Teachers Say Students Have Been Left In The Dark On Takeover Details

Indianapolis Public Schools officials let students at the four buildings facing state-led takeovers choose where they want to go to school next year, so long as they made a decision by February. By the time decision day came, almost 1,400 of them decided to transfer to another IPS school. Nearly 1,800 others will stay put as […]

Q&A with Matthew Tully: How 'Apathy' Is Hurting Poor, 'Failing' Schools

Indianapolis Star columnist Matthew Tully discusses what he learned from embedding in Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis for the duration of the 2009-10 school year. The state would go on to labeled the school as 'failing,' and Manual now faces state takeover.

The idea popped into his head, Matthew Tully says, two days before Indianapolis Public Schools opened the 2009-10 school year. “I sent an e-mail to the school district, and all I said was, ‘Hey, do you mind if I spend some time at Manual High School?’” he recalls in an interview with StateImpact. He thought […]

The Difference Waivers Make In Indiana's Graduation Rates

More than 85 percent of Indiana students graduated from high school at the end of last school year — a new record that represents the fifth straight year of increases. But that doesn’t mean all of them passed the state tests they’re supposed to pass in order to earn their diploma.

Why You Might End Up With A Charter School In Your Neighborhood Whether You Want One Or Not

A new law passed by the Indiana State General Assembly last year allows charter school operators to pick up unused school property for $1 and charter schools operators have not been shy about hunting these schools down. Emily Pelino heads a number of KIPP charters in Indianapolis. She says her company is looking to update the schools current building arrangement.

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 […]

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 […]

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