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August 23, 2018
700 students face a tough change as this Detroit charter network rushes to rebuild
A Detroit charter school network is sharply downsizing after losing its contract with the city’s main district, a long-anticipated development that still seemed to take…
February 12, 2018
More charter schools in Detroit? State’s largest authorizer considers contracts for three schools
After several years in which only a handful of new charter schools opened in the city of Detroit, three new charter schools are…
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.
August 9, 2017
Phalen grows network to 10 campuses by taking over charter schools across Indiana and Detroit
Many of them were struggling schools that it has taken over from other operators.
August 2, 2017
Veteran Indianapolis educator heads to Gary to lead Indiana’s district takeover
Hinckley previously served as superintendent in three districts including Warren Township and as interim-superintendent in Indianapolis Public Schools.
May 10, 2017
Indianapolis charter operator wants to take on an epic task: Managing all the struggling Gary elementary schools
Phalen Leadership Academies is part of a team bidding to be the state's manager for a takeover of Gary schools.
December 12, 2016
Three IPS schools put on notice: schools could be ‘restarted,’ teachers made to reapply
School 42, School 63 and John Marshall Middle School were all named by the district as candidates for conversion to “innovation” status.
Time will tell
November 30, 2016
Is one year enough time to make a bad school better? Experts are divided.
Whether or not one year of test scores says much about a school depends on who you ask.
July 21, 2015
Once fast-growing, Homegrown Summer Advantage dwindles to 160 Indianapolis students
Despite what supporters say is a strong track record of success, the once fast-growing program is now fading fast from Indiana. So what happened?
June 9, 2015
IPS boarding school among innovation ideas that faded
Two of three school ideas from the first crop of innovation fellows supported by The Mind Trust won't move ahead.
March 4, 2015
IPS chooses struggling School 103 as Phalen 'innovation' school
The school has been receiving extra supports over the past year since IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee labeled it as one of the district's priority buildings because of students' declining grades on state tests. And the school board voted last week against renewing the contract for school's former principal, Shelia Burlock.
January 28, 2015
IPS board overturns 2014 decisions, will partner with Phalen charter school
the board approved the state's first-ever "innovation network school," an autonomous IPS school under the district's umbrella, to be run in partnership with the Phalen Leadership Academy charter school. The move was authorized by a law created by the legislature last year by House Bill 1321.
January 20, 2015
New IPS board expected to overturn recent decisions
Newly installed Indianapolis Public School Board members next week will reconsider two proposals that were nixed last year before three new members were elected. School board…
December 19, 2014
The Mind Trust unveils $5,000 incentive for nominating future school leaders
Do you know someone with a good idea who’d love to turn around a troubled school in Indianapolis? Nominating them for a school leadership fellowship could net…
December 9, 2014
IPS board takes a pass on fellowship winners' school overhaul plan
IPS board members say they like an idea to turn around a failing school by using an existing Indianapolis charter school operator's ideas. But that didn't stop some board members from voting against the plan tonight over frustrations with education advocacy group The Mind Trust's Innovation School Fellowship program, killing the proposal until next year when a new school board comes into power.
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