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August 1, 2018
These Indianapolis charter schools have proven track records. Now, they want to expand
The Mind Trust announced $1 million in fellowships Wednesday to replicate established local charter schools.
May 25, 2017
One of the top ranked high schools in the state just joined Indianapolis Public Schools
The move is the latest example of district collaboration with charter schools, which were seen in the past as rivals for students.
March 13, 2017
Sought-after charter Herron High School could be the latest to join the Indianapolis innovation network
Since IPS began creating innovation schools two years ago, the program has swiftly expanded.
January 3, 2017
Choosing a school in Indianapolis is changing. Here’s what you need to know.
Advocates for the unified enrollment system say it will make things easier by giving parents a single way to apply simultaneously to district and charter schools.
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.
September 17, 2014
CFI School 27, Herron High School cited as models to follow
The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, today bused about 15 community leaders and others to visit both as part of an effort to promote unique Indianapolis schools that its leaders think are working.
April 8, 2014
Teachers: Indiana's evaluation system needs repair
While state leaders grappled to understand how a new evaluation could have rated just 219 ineffective educators out of nearly 50,000, Marion County teachers say they know some of the reasons why. At a meeting of 17 local teachers hosted Monday night by TeachPlus, they said scores are driven by the realities that the evaluators, mostly principals, face: Inconsistent direction, lack of training and the need to protect their own and their schools interests.
November 1, 2013
IPS loses when teachers face constant moves, report says
TeachPlus unveiled its report examining how frequently new teachers are forced to change schools against their will at a meeting on Monday at WFYI. (TeachPlus) When Alyssa Starinsky was called to the principal's two years ago at Shortridge High School, she thought she might be in line for an honor. Two years in a row, in fact, the classes she taught had posted among the highest test score growth of any of their peers in Indianapolis Public Schools; a student group she moderated was a two-time national award winner; and everyone at the school was buzzing about an upcoming Teacher of the Year announcement. But instead of an award, the assistant principal handed a letter telling her she was being fired — not for performance but because the district expected to need fewer teachers the next year. "I read it three times and I was crying uncontrollably," Starinsky said. "You know when you're a teacher, kids come to school for you and you come for them. You are working as hard as you can for them to achieve. I didn't know how to tell my kids, with a month and a half left, that I wasn't coming back." IPS didn't have to lose her. They eventually tried to hire her back, but it was too late. Starinsky did continue teaching. She kept her move quiet until the end of the school year and now she's at Carpe Diem, an Indianapolis charter school. But this sort of forced move — school changes that teachers don't want to make and that are not based on performance — are common and disruptive, both to the teachers and to the learning of their students, a new report states. "I'm a statistic," Starinsky said. "I'm in the majority, not the minority, of teachers who are moved involuntarily. It's heartbreaking."
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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