Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
June 14, 2019
Meet the three finalists for Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent
Interim superintendent Aleesia Johnson, Pike Township assistant superintendent Larry Young, and Louisville chief of schools Devon Horton were named as finalists.
June 3, 2019
An Indianapolis charter pioneer urges school leaders to ‘step up’ in face of political pressure
As the school choice debate emerges as an issue in the presidential election, an architect of Indianapolis’ charter sector says the controversial schools aren’t fighting…
May 22, 2019
As innovation schools mature, IPS leaders grapple with how to measure their success
The first group of innovation schools are nearing the end of their contracts.
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.
April 23, 2019
IPS hoped lawmakers would help them sell Broad Ripple. The final bill has a catch.
Purdue Polytechnic charter school could get dibs to space in the former Broad Ripple High School .
March 22, 2019
These charter schools could soon turn to IPS for help with special education
The cooperative could launch as soon as next school year, and five innovation schools are interested in participating.
sharing the pie
March 20, 2019
With new deal, IPS could pay for 2 KIPP charter schools’ busing with local tax money
The plan is significant because Indiana charter schools don’t typically have access to the local tax money that helps fund school buildings and pay for busing.
March 7, 2019
Court sides with Aurora district in challenge to school innovation plans
Aurora union leaders said they are still exploring their legal options.
March 5, 2019
D.C. City Council approves Ferebee as chancellor after a grueling confirmation process
Ferebee has gone on an outreach blitz in the district, winning a broad swath of support.
rethinking the reprieve
February 18, 2019
Indiana lawmakers take step to eliminate generous ‘growth-only’ grades for all schools, not just those in IPS
Indianapolis Public Schools stands to be one of the districts most affected by the bill if it passes into law.
On the hunt
February 15, 2019
Want a say in the next IPS superintendent? Here’s your chance.
The school board is expected to select the next superintendent in May.
February 12, 2019
As D.C. leaders vet Ferebee, his track record in Indy falls under a harsh spotlight
The D.C. City Council has until April 9 to confirm or reject Ferebee or he will automatically be confirmed.
February 8, 2019
The fate of these Indianapolis schools is once again uncertain, years after state takeover
State control of Emma Donnan Middle School and Howe and Manual high schools is expected to end in just over a year.
a new era
February 7, 2019
How Lewis Ferebee forged peace with charter competitors to reshape Indianapolis schools
Lewis Ferebee's innovation plan has undoubtedly transformed the state’s largest district. But he's leaving before some of the most telling results bear out.
February 6, 2019
5 questions on Lewis Ferebee’s record in Indianapolis as he seeks to lead D.C. schools
Ferebee is known for his work creating innovation schools, which are part of the district but run by charter or nonprofit operators.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line