Indianapolis Public Schools

All IN: Do Innovation Schools Work?

Feb 20, 2020

Indianapolis Public Schools has a unique, complicated system in place designed to help them address underperforming schools. Since its adoption about five years ago, IPS’s so-called “innovation schools” have been a dramatic, controversial change for education in the city.

All IN: School Takeovers

Dec 19, 2019

Indianapolis Public Schools wants to take back control of three schools operated by Charter Schools USA. Today we dig into this saga, and the ongoing story of a troubled school in Gary.  

Three schools under state takeover could be returned to former home district Indianapolis Public Schools after a state-appointed board denied a charter application for each school Friday.

The application rejection is a staggering end to nearly eight years of a state-mandated takeover where the schools are managed by a private Florida-based company, Charter Schools USA. The takeover was already set to run out in June 2020, and CSUSA hoped a related organization would be granted charters to oversee the schools when it ended.

Indiana’s only high school for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction wants to move closer to downtown Indianapolis.

Hope Academy is seeking a new charter from the mayor’s office that would allow it to open within the Indianapolis Public Schools boundary. The school also wants to partner with the district.

The former president of the teachers union representing Indianapolis Public Schools pleaded guilty Monday in federal court for embezzlement of more than $100,000 from the labor group.

Rhondalyn Cornett, 54, now faces up to 20 years in prison, fines and more, according to a release from the U.S. Justice Department. 

Providing Student Mental Health Services: A Tale Of Two Schools

Jun 5, 2019

After two school shootings last year, lawmakers named mental health services in schools a top priority. Many schools across the state say they need more: more counselors, therapists, funding and support.

Hundreds of teachers and supporters of public education rallied at the statehouse Saturday to call for better pay and school funding, because many say the state isn’t doing enough.

IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee was named as the next leader of Washington, D.C. public schools today by the mayor.

This new high profile position will hold national influence as Ferebee will likely continue his work started in Indianapolis five years ago to turnaround struggling schools. He's expected to start this position full-time on January 31st. Ferebee will be paid a base salary of $280,000 but he still needs to be confirmed by the council of the District of Columbia. 

Voters Approve Most School Funding Referenda Statewide

Nov 7, 2018

Most school corporations across the state with funding referenda on the ballot won approval from voters Tuesday night; only three school corporations’ measures failed.

Charter Schools USA could relinquish control of three Indianapolis schools in 2020 if the State Board of Education approves a proposal next week. Updated contracts between the Florida-based company and the state would require a transition of the schools back to control of Indianapolis Public Schools in three years.

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