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April 24, 2019
After years of rapid growth, only one new innovation school will open in Indianapolis next year
The state’s largest district has added an average of five schools each year since 2015 to its network of independent innovation schools.
February 8, 2018
Ousted from Detroit and Newark, turnaround operator Matchbook could get a fresh start in Indianapolis
The network uses Spark, a software tool that aims to help ordinary teachers achieve the same results as extraordinary ones.
November 17, 2017
David Osborne wants more cities to run their schools like Indianapolis, but locals say that won’t be easy.
Indianapolis Public Schools is embracing “innovation schools” so quickly that the city is outpacing Denver in its transformation, said Osborne.
September 27, 2017
Test scores jumped in innovation schools, but IPS leaders aren’t declaring victory just yet.
Of the eight innovation schools that took the ISTEP test last spring, seven had higher passing rates on both the math and English tests than in the previous 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.
February 11, 2015
Committee OKs using reserve cash to pay for city preschool program
The funding plan will now face approval by the full Indianapolis City-County Council, which in December passed the framework for the preschool program by a wide margin.
November 6, 2014
Ballard's charter school office could start charging schools a fee
An unexpected budget change that may not have caught the attention of the city's charter school supporters — a new fee mayor-sponsored charter schools might have to pay — was tucked deep in the details of a plan that emerged this week from protracted negotiations designed to save Mayor Greg Ballard’s preschool proposal.
September 15, 2014
Closed charter schools have a ripple effect
Charter schools in Indianapolis have closed for all sorts of reasons: financial, managerial and academic and now, in the wake of last week's closing of Flanner House School, even for allegations of cheating on the state ISTEP exam. But that's the basic bargain of opening a charter school: perform or close. In exchange for increased autonomy to run their schools as they see fit charter operators face the real threat of being closed down if they don't fulfill their promises.
August 22, 2014
Two more mayor-sponsored charter schools surrender charters
One Indianapolis charter school will be under new management next year and another will convert back to being a Catholic school, the board that oversees…
August 21, 2014
Flanner House charter school to close amid cheating allegations
An Indianapolis charter school that stunned the state with sky-high test scores in 2013 will close next month after state and city investigators concluded that the gains had come from cheating. State and city investigators say Flanner House School staff allowed students to practice in advance on real test questions, erased and changed some of their answers, and even wrote essay responses for students to copy into their won handwriting.
August 11, 2014
Private schools top Marion County on ISTEP, charters best IPS
Half of the 230 schools in Marion County — public, private and charter — ranked in the bottom quarter of all schools in Indiana that took the state ISTEP test last spring. Just 20 percent of of the county’s schools were even in the top half of the state for ISTEP scores, with 13 percent in the top quarter. Charter schools in Marion County outperform Indianapolis Public Schools, but not by a large margin, when it comes to where they rank statewide.
July 18, 2014
Enrollment fee questioned at Indy charter school
The form for Indiana Math and Science Academy's North campus stated a $25 non-refundable fee is due at the time of a student's enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. The form specified the fee would be put toward the school's annual "consumable fee." Charter schools, like public schools, are not allowed to require enrollment fees of their students. However, they are allowed to charge fees for books, uniforms, supplies and other costs, including consumables.
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