The six planned school closures follow the IPS board’s vote to adopt the Rebuilding Stronger plan last week.
Purdue Polytechnic’s bid to open charter high school in Pike Township rejected
One of the city’s most popular charter schools was denied a request to open a new Marion County location during a boisterous public hearing that went on for hours.Read More
Charter school expresses intent to acquire IPS school building if it closes
The IPS Rebuilding Stronger plan—an attempt to address declining enrollment amid charter school growth—would leave multiple school buildings open for charter schools to potentially occupy.Read More
Interest in running for IPS board wanes amid big-budget campaigns, political heat
The paucity of candidates comes right as the district embarks on its Rebuilding Stronger plan, a major overhaul to address declining enrollment and an impending fiscal cliff.Read More
Herron Classical Schools to purchase former Salvation Army HQ
Herron Classical Schools said the former Salvation Army of Indiana Divisional Headquarters building next to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will become the permanent home of Herron Preparatory Academy.Read More
The gift came as a surprise to Paramount Schools of Excellence, said CEO Tommy Reddicks. The funds are already earmarked for the ongoing construction of two new school facilities.
The appeals court agreed with a lower court that the school corporations are prohibited from pursuing “takings clause claims,” which can prevent private property from being taken for public use without just compensation.
An Indiana political action committee chaired by former Democratic mayor of Indianapolis. In turn, that pro-charter school PAC has become a large contributor to Indiana Republicans.
Colearn Academy, a virtual school based in Arizona, applied earlier this year to open a school in Indiana, offering three learning pathways and the option for parents to purchase their own curriculum and activities with $600 yearly stipends.
A similar model has already landed another Indiana virtual school in hot water with legislators, who passed a law earlier this year that expanded a previous ban on schools offering money as an incentive to enroll.
Applications for both schools are due in September. The Indianapolis Charter School Board will decide whether to grant charters for the schools during a public hearing in November.
Ignite Achievement Academy came to and left Indianapolis Public Schools within four years under challenging circumstances. Yet, the mayor’s Office of Education and Innovation has allowed the school to continue operating as an independent charter school under a new name.
The story of Purdue Polytechnic High School’s growth coincides with the story of IPS’ shrinking enrollment.
Indianapolis Public Schools is considering letting Purdue Polytechnic High School North temporarily use part of the building while the charter school’s permanent home is under construction.
Kindezi Academy, the charter operator that revamped the school in 2016, announced Friday that it would end its partnership with IPS and shut down operations in June due to low student outcomes and facility issues.
The lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General’s Office in July accused the two online schools of padding their student enrollments and inappropriately paying money to a web of related businesses before they were shut down in 2019.
The school district announced earlier this month that it would recommend ending a contract with Ignite Achievement Academy to operate Elder W. Diggs School 42.
The plan, according to the Bloomberg Philanthropies website, is designed to create 150,000 new seats for students in charter schools in 20 metropolitan areas around the country.
Responding to urging from families and other advocates, Indianapolis Public Schools is proposing to share $5 million per year from a recent tax measure with its charter school partners.
The lawsuit announced Monday by the Indiana attorney general’s office comes nearly two years after Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy shut down amid a state investigation.
An academy infused with Latino culture and a school focused on closing learning gaps plan to open in Indianapolis in 2022, joining the city’s expansive roster of charter schools.
The Indiana State Board of Education will consider Wednesday whether to accredit the schools, which would pave the way for them to participate in the state’s expanding voucher program.
‘Deceived’: Indianapolis charter school pitch left out lawsuits, touted questionable college degrees
A Chalkbeat investigation found that the rosy charter pitch for Stemnasium Science Math Engineering Middle School painted over troubling details—lawsuits, financial troubles, questionable academic credentials—that escaped notice by city charter officials and The Mind Trust.
The Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation will make one building the new home of its Next Generation High School and lease the other to elementary charter school Indy STEAM.