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Recent protests against racism and police brutality are prompting more people to talk about racial justice and equity, and advocates say those efforts have to include teachers in Indiana.

All IN: Do Innovation Schools Work?

Feb 20, 2020

Indianapolis Public Schools has a unique, complicated system in place designed to help them address underperforming schools. Since its adoption about five years ago, IPS’s so-called “innovation schools” have been a dramatic, controversial change for education in the city.

All IN: School Takeovers

Dec 19, 2019

Indianapolis Public Schools wants to take back control of three schools operated by Charter Schools USA. Today we dig into this saga, and the ongoing story of a troubled school in Gary.  

Charter Group Intends To Buy Or Lease Donnan, Howe And Manual School Buildings With '$1 Law'

Nov 25, 2019

The organization seeking charters for three Indianapolis schools on track to exit state takeover wants to use a state law to buy or annually lease the buildings for $1 each, according to its spokesperson.

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.

Aleesia Johnson Named As Next Indianapolis Superintendent

Jun 21, 2019

Aleesia Johnson was named the pick for permanent superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools this morning by the IPS Board of Commissioners.

Johnson, who was the interim leader for the past six months, would be the first African American woman superintendent in the district's 166th-year history.

The IPS Board still has to approve the terms and a contract for Johnson to become superintendent. That vote is expected to happen in late July. 

Howe, Manual Could Become Charter Schools After Takeover Ends But IPS Warns of Financial Pitfalls

Mar 6, 2019

Two Indianapolis high schools under state intervention could become charter schools instead of facing closure, the State Board of Education decided Wednesday, despite concerns raised by Indianapolis Public Schools.

A lawsuit against Indianapolis Public Schools claims the district used deceptive marketing about a university partnership to attract a family to one of its schools. At least one expert says without any marketing regulations, misinformation and segregation in schools could continue.

A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other districts, charter schools or private schools.

The Public Corporation Transfer Report was created by a 2017 state law. The intent is to offer a better understanding of the mobility of students living within a school corporation’s boundary, according to the Indiana Department of Education who compiled and released it.

A proposal to ensure the transition of three schools under state control back to Indianapolis Public Schools did not gain approval from the State Board of Education Wednesday.

Instead, the board opted to leave open their options in 2020 when newly updated contracts expire between the state and Charter Schools USA, the for-profit Florida-based management company running the three schools.

Indianapolis School Plan: Close 3 High Schools

Jun 28, 2017

A proposal to remake secondary education at Indianapolis Public Schools will leave only four high schools near the city center, out of seven county-wide, and give students the choice to attend one of more than 12 career-focused programs divided among the remaining schools.

An Indianapolis Public Schools task force says over the next ten years so few students are expected to be enrolled, that only four out of seven district high schools will be needed.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would like to see more school districts across the country follow the “out-of-the-box” school management approach used by Indianapolis Public Schools, IPS.

DeVos, speaking to a gathering of leaders from the country’s biggest school districts in Washington, D.C. Monday, praised the IPS’ “innovation” management program that allows schools to shed much of the oversight from the district’s central office.