Charter Schools

Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.

It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.

New 'Superman' fellowship hoping to start local charter schools

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Playing off the new education reform documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” the GEO Foundation is using a $100,000 grant to fund a fellowship to launch charter schools in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis schools continue big enrollment drop

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools lost more than 900 students from last school year, putting it within 800 students of falling behind Fort Wayne's school district as the state's largest.

UPDATE: Irvington charter school finds new home

July 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Under the agreement, Irvington Community School will lease the building from the city for 15 years at a cost of $1 annually.

Charter school moving to former Children's Guardian Home

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders will officially announce Wednesday morning that Irvington Preparatory School will occupy the children's home, which closed in June of last year. The school has signed a 15-year lease with the city.

Walton charity pledges $1.2M for Indy charters

June 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An Arkansas-based charity, formed by Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, will run a competition to award grants to five community organizations that want to start charter schools.

Herron High School ranked among nation's best

June 15, 2010
Newsweek's list of top high schools, released Monday, ranks more than 1,600 schools, including 28 in Indiana.

Coffee sales give Christel House a boostRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Christel House is brokering sales of in-room coffee to resorts around the country, taking a 10-percent royalty to do so. The coffee is roasted by Indianapolis-based Copper Moon Coffee Co. and packaged in red and green bags decorated with drawings by students at Christel House's schools.

Catholic schools get final OK to become charters

April 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council gave its official blessing to two Catholic schools in poor neighborhoods converting into secular charters; they will receive new names by fall.

State names second virtual charter school

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Rural Community Academy, in Sullivan, south of Terre Haute, can enroll as many as 280 students in the 2010-11 academic year. Those students would do most of their work from home, accessing lectures and school materials via the Internet.

Some Indianapolis charters see financial position weaken

February 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Mayor's report shows smaller cash reserves for many schools, but one charter operator blames late government payments.

ISTA wants schools to tap reserves, rainy day funds

January 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
State teachers union's recommended approach differs sharply from spending cuts and salary freezes recommended by the Indiana Board of Education.

Charter school may take over rest of former Herron Art Institute

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans for residential development on the site stalled as the housing market plummeted and recession set in.

State picks first virtual charter-school operator

August 6, 2009
J.K. WallMore

Hoosier Academies leads chase for virtual charter schoolsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Hoosier Academies is the leading candidate to operate a controversial virtual charter school pilot program authorized last month by the Legislature.

Bennett draws up education game planRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana's superintendent of public instruction stresses reading, math and competition.

A merger of education and artRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit that supports education reform, is sponsoring an art show March 6 at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

DeHaan's Christel House plots high school, foreign growthRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Christel House Academy, a K-8 charter school, launched a campaign this year to raise money for a $5 million high school, with classes starting in the 2010-2011 school year.

More high schoolers enrolling in collegeRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
Fall Creek Academy is among a growing number of high schools that enroll their students to take classes at colleges, earning credit toward both a high school and a college degree.

Student sponsorship deal raises money, criticismRestricted Content

September 11, 2006
Andrea Muirragui
The Indianapolis office of Zurich-based UBS Financial Services Inc. is experimenting with "adopting" the freshman class at Herron High School as the UBS Scholars of 2010. Its foundation made a $100,000 gift to the startup charter school, and local employees made a commitment to tutor, mentor and otherwise support its first 92 students.
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