Charter Schools

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A last-minute change to a bill at the Statehouse in the days before the 2020 legislative session came to an end opens the door for charter schools to receive property tax funding through referendum measures. Lawmakers approved the multi-purpose bill on the last day of session after more than an hour debating the language.

An agricultural-focused charter school is under scrutiny from the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE), because according to the board's legal counsel the school is operating like a virtual charter school when state law says it shouldn't be.

IPS Ends Deal With Charter Schools USA, Creating Uncertainty For Takeover Schools

Nov 22, 2019

This story was updated Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at 10:20 p.m.

 

Indianapolis Public Schools Board voted unanimously Thursday to not renew a contract with the for-profit operator of one of its first innovation partnerships.

Emma Donna Elementary School was opened by the Florida-based Charter Schools USA in 2015 in partnership with IPS. The company also operates Emma Donnan Middle School as part of a state-mandated takeover. The two schools created a K-to-8 southside campus where students were taught by the private company’s teachers.

Traditional public schools might have to split their voter-approved referenda funding with nearby charter schools under a bill in the House.

Adult Charter Schools Expand In Indiana

Jun 5, 2018

More schools for adults to earn a high school diploma open this fall, expanding a network of adult-focused charter schools in the state.

The Excel Center is a tuition-free charter school for adults to earn a high school diploma. Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana opened the first one in 2010. Three new Excel Center schools will open this year, increasing the number of them in Indiana to 17.

A major argument in favor of charter schools is improved student achievement, but a recent study out of Indiana University, says transfer students have smaller academic gains in the first two years at a new charter school, compared to unmoved, public school peers.

IU education professor Hardy Murphy co-authored the study.

Flanner House, an Indianapolis nonprofit, sued Flanner House Elementary School Incorporated for negligence and fraud after it’s school closed in 2014 due to cheating allegations, and those fraud claims were struck down last year. But the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the charter school organizer this week, and said the school’s organizing corporation is immune from the nonprofit’s claims through a state law that protects governing bodies.

The board of the chronically failing Hoosier Academies Virtual School voted Tuesday not to seek renewal of their charter, a decision that will cause the school of 2,000 students to close in June.

John Marske, Hoosier Academies board president, told WFYI News in an email Wednesday that the school had until Oct. 1 to submit a renewal application.

An Indianapolis charter school will be one of the first in the country to use a virtual reality program to teach science to high school students.

Hope Academy, on the city’s far northeast side, is purchasing the software and curriculum from a tech-startup to supplement its traditional classroom teaching.

A state board that authorizes charter schools voted Monday to cancel plans for a group of Indianapolis business professionals to open schools in Marion and Clark counties.

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