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Indianapolis Public School Board
January 21, 2015
New IPS board members raised nearly $200K during campaign
New Indianapolis Public School Board members Mary Ann Sullivan, Kelly Bentley and LaNier Echols together raised nearly $200,000 last year to support their winning campaigns in what ended up as the most expensive school board election in the city's recent history.
December 10, 2014
Joe Hogsett looks to forge his own path on education
Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who at least for the moment looks like the front runner to become mayor of Indianapolis in 2016, has made…
December 1, 2014
Sullivan tells gathering that Shortridge wasn’t handled well
Guy Russell has had a long history with Indianapolis Public Schools, and he wanted answers today from newly-elected Indianapolis Public School Board member Mary Ann Sullivan.
November 19, 2014
IPS board approves Gambold IB move to Shortridge over objections
The Indianapolis Public School Board went ahead with a plan to shift programs out of Shortridge High School to make room for an International Baccalaureate Tuesday over the objections of a long line of Shortridge supporters who blasted the move.
November 17, 2014
New IPS board members plan community input meetings
Kelly Bentley, LaNier Echols and Mary Ann Sullivan — all recently elected to the Indianapolis Public School Board — will hold a series of public…
September 27, 2014
IPS school board candidates already are pulling in big bucks
In a crowded race this fall with 10 candidates seeking three seats, the forum hosted by the Greater Indianapolis NAACP, Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis and the local state, county and municipal employees' union at Martin University was the first chance for voters to see the candidates try to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack. The election is Nov. 4. Voters have until Oct. 6 in Marion County to register to vote.
September 24, 2014
New IPS teachers contract pays bonuses based on performance
The deal for a one-year contract was widely hailed Tuesday night by IPS and the teacher's union as innovative and a step in the right direction when it comes to improving pay for the cash-strapped district's 2,000 teachers.
September 9, 2014
One month into school year, IPS still searching for three principals
The first month of school has come and gone, and Indianapolis Public Schools is still searching for principals to lead two of its best-performing elementary schools and a struggling…
August 22, 2014
Deadline passes: 10 candidates seek 3 IPS school board seats
Ten candidates, many who are friendly to school-reform ideas like charter schools, test-based accountability and private school vouchers once uniformly rejected by district leadership, have filed to run for three seats on the school board.
August 14, 2014
IPS board president: Mind Trust broke the rules on $100,000 fellowships
Indianapolis Public School Board President Annie Roof said Wednesday The Mind Trust broke a written agreement by choosing three $100,000 fellowship winners without getting enough input from district officials. The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, announced in May that it fund up to nine more “innovation fellowships” over three years, jointly selecting educators to develop new school reform plans with the goal that the IPS board could select the best ones to help turn around some of its most troubled schools.
May 30, 2014
Momentum for early learning picking up in Indianapolis
On top of IPS's fast growing preschool program, other high quality options appear poised to create more spaces for Indiana's youngest learners, as the state, public and private entities get more serious about funding preschool.
Teaching & Classroom
March 20, 2014
IPS teachers tackle tough questions about pay
As part of an exercise at a meeting sponsored by TeachPlus, each group was given a budget for a fictional urban district with 45,000 students, 3,000 teachers and a $190 million budget, or somewhat bigger than IPS, which has about 30,000 students, 2,800 teachers and a $263 million budget. The challenge was to redesign the way teachers were paid and earned raises by redistributing the way the money was spent. Nearly 150 IPS educators who attended quickly found the task wasn’t easy.
March 19, 2014
IPS fires Hineline as CFO
Indianapolis Public Schools’ chief financial officer, Debbie Hineline, was terminated tonight following recent revelations that the district’s budget deficit was inflated.
March 11, 2014
IPS shocker: $30 million deficit was phony
The $30 million deficit Indianapolis Public Schools has been bemoaning for more than a year doesn’t exist, new Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said today. In fact, Ferebee said, IPS ended 2013 with an $8 million surplus. Based on his own analysis, corroborated by the district’s attorneys and an accountant, Ferebee concluded the deficit was a phantom and speculated that IPS’s prior administration “intentionally overstated expenses to protect our cash balance,” he said.
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