IPS losing ground as state's biggest school district

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's two largest school districts both say they've seen small enrollment drops, with No. 2 Fort Wayne Community Schools inching closer in size to No. 1 Indianapolis Public Schools.

Indiana schools chief lauds overhaul in annual speech

September 13, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett used his second annual assessment of the state's education system to promote a sweeping overhaul approved this year.

New owners aim for big profit after buying IPS school on the cheap

September 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
The buyers of former IPS School 64 stand to make hundreds of thousands of dollars if they manage to flip the property they bought for just $20,000.

Bennett endorses private operators for 4 IPS schools

August 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's public schools chief wants two outside organizations to take over operation of four troubled Indianapolis schools.

Test scores, attitudes improving at Indianapolis magnet schoolRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
High expectations set tone for Indianapolis Public School's Harshman Middle School overhaul.

Indiana schools chief suggests grades for districts

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's public education chief wants to start giving school districts letter grades on an A-to-F scale to hold them accountable for how their schools perform.

Youth agencies adapting on the fly to new school calendarRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Public Schools board voted in November to adopt a calendar that shortens summer vacation and introduces longer fall and spring breaks. The idea is to give kids less time to forget what they’ve learned and provide more opportunities to catch up.

State names potential turnaround operators for failing schools

July 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
New York-based EdisonLearning, Florida-based Charters Schools USA Inc. and Indianapolis-based EdPower could be given control of one or more of the seven schools judged failing by the state.

Ballard to ask for control of IPS schools facing state takeover

June 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also reiterated his opposition to mayoral control over all of IPS, which some local leaders have pushed for recently. He called that idea “premature.”

LEADING QUESTIONS: Influential Miles enjoys wide reach

June 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Miles_WatchVideoWhat's the status of the Super Bowl? Mass transit for Indy? Economic development? How is one man so connected? Mark Miles shrugs off "power broker" but fits the bill.

Should the mayor have control of Indianapolis' public schools?

April 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A group of local power brokers is quietly assembling a plan that would transfer control of Indianapolis Public Schools to the mayor.

Indiana's largest school system cutting 357 teachers

April 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools said Wednesday it will cut 357 teaching jobs to fill a nearly $21 million budget hole due to cuts in state funding.

IPS says it will lay off more than 300 employees

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools notified employees last week during spring break that they will begin cutting 271 teaching positions and 37 non-teaching positions to trim its $20 million budget deficit.

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.

COMMENTARY: Dear IPS, parents are not the enemy

October 9, 2010
Tawn Parent
Indianapolis Public Schools needs a top-down, system-wide mandate to treat parents as valuable partners.

Tired-but-proud school buildings find new missions

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
More unneeded buildings are slated to be sold off by Indianapolis Public Schools, but creative people have turned other former schools into reuse gems.

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.

Urban schools gather momentum in Indianapolis area

August 21, 2010
Norm Heikens
Resurgent Marion County districts are showing up affluent districts in improving student performance.

Shuttered school finding new life as community center

August 10, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Two years after Indianapolis Public Schools closed School 37, a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project is set to breath new life into a building that served the Martindale-Brightwood community for 81 years.

Schools decry funding disparity in lawsuit

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Hamilton Southeastern will see its per-pupil spending of $5,000 drop about $100 in 2010 despite a projected 900-student increase, the lawsuit says. Indianapolis Public Schools, which has lost more than 1,000 students a year for the last five years, will receive $7,500 per student in 2010.

WIEGAND: School competition good for community

December 5, 2009
Kurt Wiegand
It’s vitally important to have innovative, competitive and successful school options available to attract and retain middle-class families in the neighborhoods.

NFL helps spruce up high school's football field

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The George Washington Community High School football team played its season opener at a newly renovated field and stadium, thanks to a joint effort of the National Football League, the Indianapolis Colts and Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Charities gear up to provide school supplies, clothes

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two local organizations are trying to outfit thousands of kids before Indianapolis-area schools begin classes in August.

Indianapolis Public Schools needs more than it getsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
This year will be our 18th year as IPS parents. My husband and I are college graduates, upper-middle class. He is employed full time and I’m self-employed part-time. We chose to stay in IPS and try to make a difference for the many classmates that have no one rooting for them at home.

EDITORIAL: School funding has fatal flawsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A state budget was passed June 30, but it’s balanced on the backs of poor children. Legislators deserve praise for at least slightly increasing overall education funding, but because of a flawed funding formula, urban districts such as Indianapolis Public Schools actually will lose money in the next two years.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

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