Charter Schools

Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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Ball State: 5 revoked charter schools lose appeals

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University has closed the books on its January decision to pull its sponsorship of seven academically struggling Indiana charter schools.
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Howe toughest test yet for reformers of troubled city schools

May 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Thomas Carr Howe Community High School, one of four taken over by the state Department of Education, is being remade yet again. And this time it faces a slew of competitors in the education-reform arena.
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Revoked charters could be forgiven $12M in loans

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
Seven schools whose charters were revoked by Ball State University in January would be absolved of payments along with another school which did not seek to renew its charter.
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Rally backs Indiana charter school, voucher programs

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters of Indiana's charter schools and private school vouchers packed a Statehouse corridor with hundreds of children from those schools for a rally Monday as they backed expansion of those programs.
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Group eyes vacant Illinois Street building for charter school

March 6, 2013
Dan Human, J.K. Wall
An educational group is planning to spend about $4 million to renovate an Indianapolis warehouse to open its first charter school in what it hopes will become a statewide network.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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Bank foreclosing on former charter school property

February 25, 2013
Old National Bank is suing the operator of charter school that closed last summer in Indianapolis, claiming it failed to pay off the $1.8 million balance on its mortgage.
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Group recruiting 'standing army' to support charters

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
A new group of 40-something professionals in central Indiana is hoping to do for education reform what the amateur sports initiative did 35 years ago: spawn a generation of leaders to work on a long-term challenge.
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Mayor ups push to reform schools, hopes to halt family flightRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Concerned that a shortage of high-quality schools is fueling a loss of population in Marion County, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration and a series of community groups have drawn up a preliminary plan to help replicate the city’s most successful schools.
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Ballard won't levy charter fee, despite fiscal squeezeRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is nationally recognized as a rigorous charter authorizer, picky about which schools open and willing to shut down the under-performers. But there is a cost to the city’s education work and Ballard may have to consider how much of it can be supported by the city’s maxed-out general fund alone.
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Mayor to take control of four struggling Indy schools

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana State Board of Education is handing authority over four troubled Indianapolis schools to the city's mayor.
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Ball State pulls sponsorship of 7 charter schools

January 22, 2013
Associated Press
Ball State University has pulled its sponsorship of seven Indiana charter schools plagued by long-running academic woes, including one in Indianapolis.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Mind Trust CEO takes stock of IPS reform proposal

January 11, 2013
Mason King
LQ_David_Harris_mind_Trust_WatchVideoWhat exactly does The Mind Trust do? What happened to its report on remaking IPS? Do you need teaching experience to reform education? David Harris has answers.
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Judge: Indiana districts can sell schools despite law

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has ruled that two northeastern Indiana school districts can sell vacant schools, bypassing a state law requiring them to wait four years in case a charter school wanted to claim the buildings.
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Seven more charter schools on tap for Indianapolis

December 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard’s office has approved seven more charters—more than half as many as he approved in his previous five years in office.
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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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Tindley school plans huge expansion with national grantRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, which currently has two locations, will use a $1.6 million grant from the Charter School Growth Fund to open five more schools over the next three years.
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Teach for America to help Marian University recruit principalsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Both Marian and Teach for America say not enough people are prepared to lead schools in Indianapolis and around the state in areas of low income, high crime and broken homes.
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Judge backs mayor’s decision to revoke school’s charter

August 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School in Indianapolis has lost a court battle to remain open after a judge denied an injunction challenging Mayor Greg Ballard's decision to revoke the school’s charter.
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Charter school lands more time in fight against closure

July 25, 2012
Scott Olson
The Project School was granted a court hearing and restraining order Tuesday in its fight against Mayor Greg Ballard's plan to revoke its charter. Ballard, though, emphasized his decision by issuing a "final notice of charter revocation."
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Ballard moves to shut down The Project School

July 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday evening that he intends to revoke the charter that gives The Project School the authority to operate. Ballard cited poor test scores and “recently discovered financial problems.”
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Mind Trust awards $1M to two charters to expand school modelsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will announce June 25 that it is awarding $1 million apiece to Indianapolis-based Christel House Academy and Boston-based Phalen Leadership Academies to launch new charter schools in Indianapolis.
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IU report questions Mind Trust plan for IPS

June 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
Six months after the Mind Trust released its plan to reform Indianapolis Public Schools, researchers at Indiana University now say the plan rests on experiments in other cities that led to greater inequity among students and did not produce dramatic academic gains.
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Charter schools in pipeline to be heavy on technology

June 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three "blended learning" educational organizations have been approved to open 19 charter schools here that combine online technology and face-to-face instruction. The strategy allows schools to save money by employing fewer teachers, yet also can produce impressive student results.
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