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August 14, 2014
IPS board president: Mind Trust broke the rules on $100,000 fellowships
Indianapolis Public School Board President Annie Roof said Wednesday The Mind Trust broke a written agreement by choosing three $100,000 fellowship winners without getting enough input from district officials. The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, announced in May that it fund up to nine more “innovation fellowships” over three years, jointly selecting educators to develop new school reform plans with the goal that the IPS board could select the best ones to help turn around some of its most troubled schools.
July 24, 2014
IPS school board race heats up as challengers emerge
The Nov. 4 election for three school board seats could tilt the board even further toward changes like autonomy for schools, tougher evaluation for teachers and principals and more openness toward working with charter schools.
May 19, 2014
Sullivan named to board of national Democratic education reform group
Former Indiana state representative Mary Ann Sullivan, who now is considering a run for the Indianapolis Public School Board, has been named a national board…
March 12, 2014
Ferebee's predecessors: Not so fast
Twp predecessors to Indianapolis Public Schools’ Superintendent Lewis Ferebee are raising questions about his analysis of the district’s financial situation, with one saying he got it wrong when he said the district won’t have to cut costs this year.
March 7, 2014
Sullivan, Bentley considering a run for IPS school board
Two high profile Democrats who support school choice and accountability-based education reforms are strongly considering bids for the Indianapolis Public School Board. Kelly Bentley is…
February 19, 2014
IPS middle schools under scrutiny
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is considering an overhaul of Indianapolis Public Schools’ middle school program that could reverse the district’s recent strategy of combining middle and high school students in one building. Called “community high schools,” the creation of buildings serving grades 7 to 12 were a major strategy of Ferebee’s predecessor, Eugene White. Along with magnet high schools serving grades 6 to 12, White pushed for the combined approach as a way to limit dropouts. But at Tuesday’s IPS school board meeting, Ferebee questioned whether the many variations of grade configurations across IPS was more helpful or harmful students.
January 10, 2014
IPS board picks Annie Roof as its new president
Annie Roof, mother of three children who attend Indianapolis Public Schools, was named the new president of the school board Thursday. Roof was selected by…
January 6, 2014
Roof expected to be next IPS board president
Annie Roof appears poised to become the new president of the Indianapolis Public School Board. Several board members said Roof had majority support and was…
November 20, 2013
IPS weighs the pros and cons of textbook charges
IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee Indianapolis Public School Board members asked their staff to solve a tricky math problem Wednesday: If only 7 percent of IPS students pay for their textbooks, is it worth it for the district to make them free to everyone? The question arose after the district's legislative lobbyist, Libby Cierzniak, warned board members about a possible push by state lawmakers to change the way poor children become eligible for free textbooks. Under current law, children who come from families that are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch automatically receive textbooks — a cost that the state helps districts cover, Cierzniak said. To qualify, a family of four must have an annual income no greater than $43,500. A change, which Cierzniak said is being floated by some lawmakers as a possible new bill for the upcoming legislative session, could add an additional step to that process. Instead of receiving textbooks automatically, families who receive free or reduced price lunch would have to fill out forms verifying their incomes before they can receive the textbooks.
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