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March 19, 2018
Homeless students found stability at School 14. Now the school faces a big shake-up.
The school will be managed by a charter operator, and the teachers will likely be replaced.
Movers and shakers
March 15, 2018
The Mind Trust shaped Indy’s charter scene. Now founder David Harris is going national.
Harris leaves The Mind Trust after 11 years.
March 12, 2018
You probably didn’t notice Betsy DeVos was at an Indianapolis school on ‘60 Minutes’
The interview has made headlines and attracted criticism on Twitter for DeVos's controversial comments.
March 8, 2018
Walton gives Indianapolis Public Schools $1.7 million to increase principal power
The foundation is known for offering startup grants for charter.
March 6, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools didn’t follow the playbook on its big tax request. Now it’s playing catch-up.
District officials said backpedaling on the referendums showed responsiveness to community concerns.
March 5, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools suspends $725 million tax hike plan after business leaders’ criticism
The Indianapolis Public Schools board voted 6-0 to withdraw the proposal.
February 28, 2018
Will Indianapolis change its magnet admission rules to keep siblings together?
In the long-term, the change could come with a steep price tag.
February 22, 2018
Big blow to Indianapolis Public Schools’ bid for tax increase: Realtors aren’t sold
The opposition deals a harsh blow to the referendums, which have faced criticism and received little public support.
February 20, 2018
Teacher raises would survive $211 million cut from Indianapolis Public Schools funding request
The scaled-back request would raise about $725 million over eight years.
February 20, 2018
Rise & Shine: Tracking the players behind Muncie schools’ money woes
8 things you need to know about Indiana education AN INTRODUCTION: We promised you’d get to meet Chalkbeat’s new Indiana bureau chief, Stephanie…
February 19, 2018
Indiana education is evolving. Here’s how Chalkbeat is growing to keep you informed.
How we're striving to provide strong, independent, in-depth coverage of efforts to improve public education for all kids, especially those from low-income families.
February 16, 2018
Indianapolis struggles to balance how much money schools need with what people will pay
Without that extra money, Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said, the district would have to burn through its savings or make vast cuts.
February 15, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders could scale back their appeal for tax increases
The board president said there is a consensus among board members that the original proposal would raise taxes too much.
February 12, 2018
Indianapolis writer wonders if ‘our discomfort was rooted in prejudice’ when he didn’t get his child’s first school choice
"We simply saw a school with lots of poor kids in a poor neighborhood, and our parental instinct — impulsive, judgmental, illogical — kicked in."
February 8, 2018
Ousted from Detroit and Newark, turnaround operator Matchbook could get a fresh start in Indianapolis
The network uses Spark, a software tool that aims to help ordinary teachers achieve the same results as extraordinary ones.
February 2, 2018
‘They made sure I didn’t give up’: How an Indianapolis high school raised graduation rates
Two years ago, one in three students wasn’t graduating at the high school, which enrolls nearly 2,000.
January 30, 2018
This Indianapolis school was given more freedom. Now, it’s helping the district grow.
Innovation schools are helping to boost the district’s enrollment.
January 26, 2018
With the threat of state takeover looming, Indianapolis Public Schools eyes charter partner to run a struggling school
A neighborhood school in Haughville, School 63 got its fifth F from the state last year.
January 24, 2018
As Indianapolis moves to give principals more freedom, tough choices are on the horizon
The district aims to give principals at all traditional schools more control over instruction, budgets, and staffing by 2020.
January 22, 2018
These 29 Indianapolis administrators could lose their jobs
This is just the latest sign of the upheaval caused by the high school closings.
January 12, 2018
Indiana’s graduation rate has barely changed in 6 years while most of the nation is on the rise
Since 2011, Indiana's graduation rate has stagnated.
January 11, 2018
Who supports Indianapolis Public Schools’ bid for more money? It’s not clear.
The referendums would increase school funding by as much as $936 million over eight years.
January 9, 2018
Inner circle: Here is the team helping Ferebee chart a new course for Indianapolis schools
As 2018 begins, the district is at a watershed moment.
January 5, 2018
An Indianapolis school looks to Africa to teach students “the truth about our histories”
The approach aims to move beyond the narrow version of black history schools often teach to highlight black contributions to civilization and leadership.
December 20, 2017
A new program takes 20 Indianapolis high schoolers to Thailand — and far outside their comfort zone
All the costs, down to the passport fees, are covered by the school.
December 11, 2017
IPS’ new budget plan is supposed to give more money to poor schools. Here’s how it works.
Many schools with needy students still got less from the district than schools with more middle-class students.
inside the playbook
December 6, 2017
A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction
From Atlanta to Cincinnati to Oakland, a loosely connected network of nonprofit groups is working to reshape the way their school districts function.
November 30, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools will likely ask taxpayers for $936 million for teacher pay, construction
If approved by the school board next month, the request would be placed on the 2018 primary ballot on May 8.
November 21, 2017
IPS students have made their high school choices. Here’s where they want to go.
Students’ choices this year could have far-reaching implications for the configuration of the district for years to come.
November 9, 2017
One website, no waitlists: Indianapolis rolls out one application for district and charter schools
With OneMatch, families will be able to apply for more than 50 charter and Indianapolis Public School district schools through the same website.
November 7, 2017
Trump’s immigration policies leave empty seats at an Indianapolis school
When the Indianapolis Public Schools newcomer program opened its doors last year, there was a burst of enrollment, with new students trickling in throughout the…
November 2, 2017
Choice is shaping IPS, as thousands of families enroll their children in private, charter and township schools
Last year, about 16,172 students who lived within IPS boundaries attended charter schools, traditional public schools in other districts or private schools with vouchers.
October 30, 2017
Thousands of Indianapolis high schoolers are applying for school as district goes all magnet
The district is pushing teens to choose their campus based on academic focus rather than neighborhood.
September 29, 2017
One in five Indianapolis Public Schools students now attend an innovation school
This fall, more than 7,800 Indianapolis Public Schools students walked into schools run by outside managers, rather than the district. Less than three years after…
September 22, 2017
How a new principal led her neighborhood school to the biggest ISTEP gains in Indianapolis Public Schools
Passing rates on the state math and English tests jumped nearly 10 percentage points.
September 20, 2017
Breaking: High school teachers across Indianapolis Public Schools may need to reapply for their jobs
The announcement came less than 24 hours after the IPS board approved a plan to close three high schools.
September 18, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools will close Broad Ripple, Northwest, and Arlington high schools
While board members framed the decision as painful, but unavoidable, many in the crowd laughed, murmured and occasionally yelled in skepticism.
September 13, 2017
The award-winning principal of Indianapolis Public Schools’ largest high school was abruptly replaced
Julie Bakehorn was replaced as head of Arsenal Technical High School this week.
August 31, 2017
Northwest students plead with Indianapolis Public Schools to keep their school open
About 150 people sat in the vast auditorium.
August 30, 2017
Northwest High School serves one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Here’s why it will probably become a middle school.
The newcomer program would also move to the Northwest building.
August 29, 2017
Arlington alumni implore the Indianapolis Public Schools Board: ‘Don’t give up on the students and staff’
But a handful of people also spoke in support of the district plan.
August 28, 2017
This could be the last year for Arlington High School after years of turmoil. Here’s what you should know.
A district proposal would convert the campus to a middle school next fall.
August 24, 2017
To keep Indianapolis high schools from closing, advocates encourage Northwest parents to tell school board: “Don’t sell off our district”
“We need you to start fighting for your young people,” Carrie Harris, an alumna of Crispus Attucks, told parents at Northwest on Wednesday night.
August 21, 2017
‘Fall was a big buildup of school spirit’: A Northwest alumnus remembers pep rallies, school plays, and some tension along the way, too.
Want to share your own memories from Arlington, Broad Ripple, John Marshall, or Northwest? Fill out this form.
August 16, 2017
As traditional schools close, are innovation schools the future for Indianapolis high schoolers?
Three high schools joined the innovation network this fall.
August 16, 2017
This Arlington alumnus remembers a strong and supportive high school community. Now he wants the chance to pay it forward.
In September, the board of Indianapolis Public Schools will vote on a proposal to close four high schools in the district. Chalkbeat is collecting…
August 2, 2017
Howe and Manual will stay open three more years under the management of CSUSA
The chronically failing schools were part of Indianapolis Public Schools until they were taken over by the state in 2012.
July 31, 2017
With high schools facing closure, Indianapolis Public Schools teachers could get $5,000 to stay for the year
Teachers hired more recently would be eligible for $2,500.
July 31, 2017
High fives and storytime welcome students back at two Indianapolis Public Schools
The crowd shouted encouragement to the students – “4.0! 4.0 this year!” one man chanted.
July 26, 2017
Hundreds of teachers will be displaced by Indianapolis high school closing plan
The IPS administration says most teaching positions will be moved, not cut.
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