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What Does It Mean For A School To 'Fail'?


Schools classified in the lowest category of performers in the state for six consecutive years can be taken over by the Indiana State Board of Education.

Currently, 17 schools fall into this category — including about half of the high schools in the struggling Indianapolis Public School Corporation.

The Board of Education is empowered to take a number of remediation efforts, including turning over administration of the school to an outside manager or charter school operator.

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

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 […]

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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

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

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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