Takeover schools

The state-appointed manager of the Gary Community School Corporation told state officials Monday the district faces less of a deficit than it did a year ago.

The annual operating deficit is  $15 million -- that’s $7 million less than the original deficit when state lawmakers approved the takeover. Eliminating the deficit by the end of 2019 remains the manager’s goal.

Yet the district remains in debt by $98 million, much of that coming from outstanding bonds and loans from banks and the state.

School Financial Indicator Committee Meets This Week

Jul 10, 2018

Under a bill passed earlier this year, the state plans to keep closer tabs on financially struggling schools. A committee meets this week, to discuss which financial risk factors the state might monitor as part of that plan.

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Public hearings are expected to start next month on the future of four long-troubled schools under state intervention.

All are in the fifth year of turnaround efforts by the State Board of Education and have been run by a charter school company picked by the board since 2012.

The board now must decide if the schools are returned to their home school corporation, changed into a charter school or some other combination of those options.

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Earlier this month, Arlington Community High School officially became the first school under state takeover to return to its home district, Indianapolis Public Schools.

It’s been three years since the State Board of Education took control of the school and hired a charter school company to run it.

The company, Tindley Accelerated Schools, has faced criticism for its hard discipline and high dropout rates -- but changed the school’s culture.