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With 'New Vision' On Board, IPS Schools Chief Eugene White Opts To Retire

Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Eugene White prepares for Tuesday night's school board meeting, at which he later announced his retirement.

Acknowledging the newly-elected Indianapolis school board’s desire for a change in direction, the head of Indiana’s second-largest school district announced his retirement Tuesday night. Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White will step down on April 5 after more than seven years at the district. White presided over IPS during a period when test scores generally [...]

Indianapolis Project School Leaders File Court Papers Hoping To Save Charter

Parents and students packed The Project School in Indianapolis for an emergency school board meeting Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Greg Ballard’s office announced Tuesday it planned to close the school, citing poor academic performance and academic struggles.

Leaders of an Indianapolis charter school have filed legal documents asking a judge to stop Mayor Greg Ballard from shutting them down. Ballard’s office announced plans last week to revoke The Indianapolis Project School’s charter — leaving more than 350 students roughly two weeks to find a new school — citing low test scores and “questions about [...]

Walton Family Donates $25.5M To Charter Network Behind Indianapolis School

The Walton Family Foundation has donated more than $25.5 million to the KIPP network of schools, which counts an Indianapolis middle school among more than 100 K-12 charters it operates nationwide. Ed Week blogs: The Bentonville, Arkansas-based foundation, created by Wal-Mart founders Sam and Helen Walton, has been a longtime supporter of KIPP schools. But [...]

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 [...]

Is The Answer For IPS More Magnet Schools?

Indianapolis Public Schools administrators believes they’ve found a new way for the district to compete in the ever-freer marketplace for state-funded education in Indiana: play up the district’s magnet school offerings. IPS currently operates 18 magnet schools, with each offering a different curriculum designed to reach specific sets of student interests and needs. IPS plans [...]

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.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's Education Platform

Indianapolis’s current mayor is much more aggressive than his opponent, Democrat Melina Kennedy, in talking about expanding Indianapolis’s charter schools system.  In fact, it’s basically the only kind of school he seems talk about.  Ballard told the Indy Star about his five point education platform, all five of which involved charter schools. …  tax breaks [...]

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