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House Bill 1321
December 22, 2015
The basics of the IPS plan for school autonomy and innovation
District leaders aim to transform IPS by granting greater freedom to school leaders.
September 16, 2015
IPS will free up schools next year with the Mind Trust's help
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee want to give out money in Indianapolis Public Schools based on student needs and let each principal have wide freedom to make decisions.
April 22, 2014
Fellowships to offer $100,000 for educators to develop ideas for IPS
Indianapolis Public Schools principals or teachers with smart ideas for how to overhaul low-rated district schools could get $100,000 and a year off to develop them into concrete plans. The district, Mayor Greg Ballard’s office and The Mind Trust jointly announced new “innovation school fellowships” tonight with the goal of one day seeing the school board sign off on using models created through the year of study to revive failing district schools.
April 10, 2014
No IPS-charter compacts next year
Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee told school board members Wednesday he has no plans to exercise new powers granted to the district last month by the Indiana legislature to make deals with charter school operators to run district schools. Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1321 last month. It gives IPS the authority to hand empty buildings over for charter schools to use, or to hire charter school operators to run an IPS school. Ferebee has said all along he was not exclusively interested in deals with charter schools.
March 17, 2014
Indiana legislature passes 31 education bills in 2014
Dumping Common Core and starting a preschool pilot were the top headlines for the legislature this year, but 2014 also brought a host…
March 13, 2014
Revised version of IPS-backed ‘innovation’ school bill passes legislature (updated)
Indianapolis Public Schools’ Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is a step closer to getting a tool he says will help him provide more good school options for…
March 5, 2014
Senate backs bill promoting IPS-charter school partnerships
A legislative vote Tuesday may clear the way for Indianapolis Public Schools to create unique partnerships to jointly run IPS schools with charter schools. The…
March 3, 2014
Education in the 2014 legislature: What's passed, dead and still waiting
Bills that still have yet to pass both houses of the Indiana Legislature have until today in the House and tomorrow in the Senate to make it through. Then lawmakers have until March 14 to iron out the differences between bills passed in the House and Senate and to approve the final versions of all bills. Here's where everything stands.
February 7, 2014
Here are the 43 education bills still alive in the Indiana legislature
At the halfway point of the legislature’s 2014 session, there are quite a lot of education issues that have advanced across the statehouse for consideration in the other chamber. Chalkbeat will be tracking 43 education bills as they head to committees for consideration beginning next week.
January 31, 2014
Bill promoting IPS partnerships with charters passes House
Indianapolis Public Schools would still get to special rules allowing it to partner with charter schools under a bill that passed the Indiana House today. The bill no longer blocks collective bargaining for employees at those schools, a flashpoint for its critics last week. Unions, however, remain opposed.
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