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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.

One Of The Oldest School Districts In Indiana Closes Due To Funding Cuts

Golda Shepard has worked in the kitchen at New Harmony School since 1974. She says she may retire after the school closes at the end of the school year

New Harmony School was opened more than 200 years ago as part of an experiment to create a utopian community. At the center of that experiment was the idea that quality education is part of happiness. In some ways, that grand test has finally ended.  Following a 30 percent cut in state funding, one of […]

Map: What Became of Former School Buildings After Schools Closed

Indiana Department of Education documents show nearly 146 traditional public schools have closed in Indiana over the last four years. We’ve mapped the fate of as many of those buildings as we could.  Some are now churches, some are now charter school, some sit vacant gathering dust waiting for a new purpose. Many of these school […]

The Story Of One Lonely Indiana School District

North White School Corporation recently closed two of its outlying elementary school buildings.

During his tenure as school board president at North White School Corporation, Shannon Mattix has pushed for something strange.  Usually, school officials fight to protect their district from outsiders trying to take control, but Mattix has a different idea. He wants to consolidate the four districts in White County into one megadistrict. “One of the things […]

Where One Rural Public School Closes A Charter School Opens

This sign adorns the hallway of the newly christened "Canaan Community Academy".  Nearby is another sign commemorating the transfer of the building to the Madison Consolidated School Corporation in 1956.

What happens when a small town — a VERY small town — in southeastern Indiana loses its public school and residents attempt against all odds to replace it with a charter school?  To find out, StateImpact went to Canaan, Ind. (Population 90), where residents are trying to do just this. Even with kids attending from […]

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