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June 20, 2016
Charter schools see explosive growth in Indiana, doubling in five years
Charter growth in Indianapolis has accelerated enrollment losses by Indianapolis Public Schools — which is down more than 10,000 students in the last decade.
December 8, 2015
Charter school sponsor group ranks Indiana's charter law No. 1 in the U.S.
That state earned praise for tightening charter school accountability the past three years.
October 15, 2015
Ritz's teacher panel suggests changes to testing, evaluation and pay
Too much testing, too little pay and insufficient feedback on their teaching are some of the biggest problems educators think Indiana needs to fix if it wants to continue attract great teachers to the profession.
June 22, 2015
Indiana has seen a burst of new charter schools since 2011 law
In a significant jump, 86 charter schools could be open this fall, up from just 49 charter schools statewide four years ago,. The gain equates to about 75 percent more schools.
June 12, 2015
Ball State green lights just one new charter school for next year
Three other schools won renewals under the university's tougher charter school standards.
May 20, 2015
CSUSA gets OK to open a charter school in Indy
Charter Schools USA, which operates three Indianapolis schools under contract with the state, earned a go-ahead to open a charter school on the South side next year.
February 17, 2015
Bill to limit 'charter shopping' passes Indiana House
Concerns about low-scoring charter schools that avoid sanctions by switching to new sponsors are behind a bill that passed the Indiana House today, but it would not block those moves entirely.
November 15, 2013
Monument Lighthouse charter school will close this spring
Monument Lighthouse Charter School is on Indianapolis' northeast side near Lawrence Township. The Indianapolis governing board that oversees two Lighthouse charter schools informed parents Thursday that the Monument Lighthouse school will close at year's end. The board decided the school, at 4002 Franklin Road, had not made enough progress toward the academic goals it established for itself upon opening in 2007, according to Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth. Another school operated by the board will absorb students from Monument Lighthouse, and the city will also help find spots in other schools for the 607 students who will be displaced by the closure. Charter schools are operated by arrangements that can be complex, and Lighthouse is no exception. The two Indianapolis schools are sponsored by Mayor Greg Ballard, who is responsible for monitoring their progress and can decide to close them if they don't meet performance targets. Charter schools are directly guided, however, by local boards of citizens. In this case, that local board oversees two schools — Monument Lighthouse and Indianapolis Lighthouse — and picked an out-of-state company to manage it. That company, Massachusetts-based Lighthouse Academies hires the principal and employs the staff at both schools. The company has a 20-school network in eight states. The Monument school was due for a decision from Ballard's charter school office as to whether it would earn a renewal of hits charter to keep operating at the end of the school year. By deciding to close on its own, the school made that decision instead of the mayor. Kloth said it was a "responsible" decision by the school's board and that the mayor's office supported it. "We have a shared belief it is in the best interest of students in the short term and in the longer term broadly," Kloth said.
October 24, 2013
The basics of charter schools in Indiana: A mayor’s big role
Charter schools are expanding quickly in Indiana.
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