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Russ Simnick, president of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association since 2008, has accepted a job with the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the IPCSA announced Tuesday.

Simnick will take the position of senior director for state advocacy and support on July 8. His primary responsibilities will be to help design and implement state advocacy campaigns, educate policy makers and testify before legislative committees.

The national group's key priorities are increasing the proportion of high-performing charter schools and closing the funding gap between charters and other public schools.

During Simnick's tenure, the number of charter schools in Indiana grew from 53 to 75 while enrollment grew from 11,900 to more than 32,000.

“Indiana has shown the nation what is possible in education when you empower parents with choice and educators with freedom to innovate,” said Simnick in a prepared statement. “I look forward to sharing lessons learned in the Hoosier state with policymakers throughout the nation.”
 
Before IPCSA, Simnick was the founding leader of Irvington Preparatory Academy, a charter high school on the city’s east side. He was executive vice president of Coles Marketing Communications and worked in a variety of roles in the Indiana State Senate.

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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

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  4. If you only knew....

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