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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 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 [...]

How Many Charter Schools Is Too Many Charter Schools?

Indianapolis Public Schools officials say charter schools are becoming like Starbucks coffee joints in the Circle City. There may be one on every corner, they argue, but there might not be enough students to support them. By early next week, the Indiana Charter School Board will decide whether to approve applications for nine new charter schools [...]

The Details Parents At Indianapolis Takeover Schools Have Been Waiting For

Indianapolis parents say they’re finally hearing some of the answers they’ve been seeking about what activities the charter school company taking over Emmerich Manual High School next year will offer. Manual will have a football program again next year, Jon Hage, president and CEO of takeover company Charter Schools USA, told about two dozen people at a [...]

Bennett Raises Possibility Of Withholding IPS Funding Over State Takeovers

Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett raised the possibility that Indianapolis Public Schools’ state funding could be withheld if, as he characterized it, IPS administrators continue to drag their feet during the transition process of state intervention or takeover at six of the district’s schools. “We find ourselves at odds about what the adults want. We [...]

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 [...]

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