Some Washington Township parents want to block an all-girls charter school from opening at a moment when tensions regarding school choice and access to equitable education are fermenting throughout Marion County.
Thrival Indy Academy Innovation school to close amid low enrollment
Thrival began as a one-year program within Indianapolis Public Schools in 2017, but expanded to a four-year high school in 2020.Read More
IPS seeks relief from law requiring $1 building sales to charter schools
The court filing by IPS is the latest move in a long-running dispute between the district and the charter sector over facilities and resources, as charter enrollment grows and IPS enacts academic and other changes to attract students.Read More
Senate unveils budget with no expansion for school voucher program
The most glaring contrast between the Senate and House proposals is the way in which they intend to expand funding to charter schools.Read More
Stalled tax plan to revive IPS pushes charters, district further apart
The district’s unique portfolio of charters and traditional public schools, created nearly a decade ago by IPS leaders and state lawmakers, has left both populations fighting for funding.Read More
Bill clarifies exemption to law requiring school districts to give closed buildings to charters for $1
Senate Bill 270 clarifies language added in the last legislative session that led to two different interpretations of the law by Indianapolis Public Schools and the state.
The defendants face a combined 76 charges including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
Under the legislation pitched by Democratic state Sen. Andrea Hunley, a former Indianapolis Public Schools principal, only two authorizers would be allowed to approve charter schools in the county.
The Genius School in Indianapolis has lost its bid for a charter from a second authorizer.
The Genius School in Indianapolis has lost its bid for a charter from a second authorizer, after the Education One board at Trine University rejected its application Wednesday.
While Indianapolis has averaged more than one charter closure per year, it’s not necessarily clear that its closure rate of roughly 34% is a major outlier.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said he will appeal a Marion County judge’s ruling that grants Indianapolis Public Schools an exemption from state law requiring districts to sell closed school buildings to charter schools for $1.
Researchers said their findings show that charter schools yield more learning and more predicted lifetime earnings per education dollar spent.
The school, which opened in 2018 in the Hawthorne neighborhood on the city’s west side, fell far short of its ambitious enrollment goals.
The opening of the three schools means charters’ footprint in the city will continue to grow.
The district plans to give preference to not-for-profits or government agencies before selling to other buyers.
The new version of the law targets districts with declining enrollment, such as the South Bend Community School Corp. and Indianapolis Public Schools, which had an average building utilization rate of 60% in 2021-22.
A seventh Excel Center adult charter high school has the green light to open in Indianapolis, and it’s hoping to open in a school that Indianapolis Public Schools will close at the end of this school year.
A charter school affiliated with the private Christian Hillsdale College seeks to open in northwest Indianapolis amid significant backlash after failing to acquire a school building in Carmel.
The proposals have been sharply criticized by Democrats and traditional public school leaders, who argue that the changes would come at the expense of thousands of students in traditional public schools.
Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston maintained Thursday that virtual charter schools deserve equal funding and denied that a virtual education company he consults for would unfairly benefit from a tax increase proposed in the state budget.
The latest push includes a statewide poll and multiple local advocacy events intended to sway the state’s budget writers.
A new funding stream carved into the House Republican budget would mandate the amount of funds every public school district and charter school receives for operations, which are collected through local property taxes.
Paramount Schools of Excellence said the charter school, called Girls IN STEM Academy, will be operated in partnership with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Every Girl Can STEM and Purdue Polytechnic High School.