Indianapolis Public Schools

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.

A proposal to remake secondary education at Indianapolis Public Schools will leave only four high schools near the city center, out of seven county-wide, and give students the choice to attend one of more than 12 career-focused programs divided among the remaining schools.

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Purdue University officials joined Indianapolis school and city leaders Monday to launch a new STEM-focused charter high school set to open next year.

It’s a unique curriculum where graduates who meet Purdue's admission requirements will be a top choice for enrollment.

But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Eric Weddle reports, some worry the school could be a drain on the Indianapolis Public Schools District.

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Getting high school students to graduate takes a lot of work, and sometimes a little creativity.

Indianapolis Public Schools and the Simon Youth Foundation devised a personalized solution for struggling juniors and seniors.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Eric Weddle has this profile of the Simon Youth Academy in its first year of operation  at Circle Center Mall.

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