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On Count Day, IPS Losses Might Not Be As Dramatic As Once Feared

How many students do you count in this photo? (Taken at Indianapolis' Washington High School)

Spencer Lloyd, one of a handful of teachers left at Manual High School after control of the building transfered to turnaround operator Charter Schools USA, called it the $64 million question: How many students would show up for class this semester at four IPS takeover schools? We’re about to get an answer. The Indiana Department […]

Bennett Says Legislature Should Look At District Takeover Provision Next Session

From Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett says he wants to see the General Assembly address state intervention on a broader, district-wide level — and he wants that discussion to take place as soon as possible. “It’s not in the state’s best interest to operate schools,” he says. “Schools are […]

Five Things To Know About Counting Kids

IPS superintendent Eugene White presides over a school board meeting in August.

In two weeks Indiana schools will have to take stock of how many students have enrolled for the 2012-13 school year. That number becomes very important in January, when school corporations see their payments from the state increased or decreased based on changing enrollment.

Students Must Learn Operators' New Rules At State Takeover Schools

A group of new math teachers working at the three Indianapolis turnaround schools run by Charter Schools USA work on lesson plans. The Florida company relied heavily on Teach For America recruits to staff the schools last year.

Can a tucked-in shirt or a handshake turn around a failing school? According to a series of articles this weekend in the Indianapolis Star, the new operators of four struggling Indianapolis Public Schools are using structure and discipline to communicate their expectations to students. Scott Elliott writes that at Arlington, which is now under the […]

At State Takeover Schools, Attendance Has Been Even Lower Than Expected

Charter Schools USA president and CEO Jon Hage speaks to a meeting in Indianapolis ahead as part of preparations for his company's takeover of Manual High School in July.

Enrollment at state takeover schools is even lower than turnaround operators anticipated, writes the Indianapolis Star‘s Scott Elliott: But one week into the experiment, enrollment at the three former Indianapolis Public Schools that have started — Manual, Howe Community High School and Donnan Middle School — is down significantly, by 43 percent. It would appear […]

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