Give Now

Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Indianapolis Mayor Wants More Charter Schools

Greg Ballard will begin his second term in office next year.

As the Indianapolis City-County Council considers creating three new charter schools, the Deputy Mayor of Education Jason Kloth says the Ballard administration strongly believes the expansion of the schools is necessary for the city because every child and every family should have access to high quality education options.

Kloth says charter schools are funded by the state on a per-pupil basis like traditional public schools but they receive less than traditional schools because charters do not receive funding for facilities and transportation.

He says, because of that, charter schools are completely driven on performance in order to keep their per-pupil funding up and if the schools are not performing, parents will not enroll their children in those schools and they will not continue to operate.

Kloth says there are more than 2,300 children in the city on a waiting list to get into existing charters and that does not include the areas where the schools are not an option for families.

The City-County Council will vote on Monday to approve the creation of three charter elementary schools.  The Council‘s Community Affairs Committee will consider four other charter proposals next month.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From