The tax referendum—which would be on the May 2023 ballot—would increase the median homeowner’s bill by $6 per month, IPS officials said.
Indianapolis charter schools seek bigger share of proposed $824M in new taxes
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IPS board passes Rebuilding Stronger plan to close schools, change grades
Indianapolis Public Schools will close six buildings and reconfigure elementary and middle school grades throughout the district following the school board’s approval of the plan Thursday night.Read More
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Many community members remain critical of a plan that doesn’t specify how much it would cost the district, what the district will do with closed buildings and the amount of money IPS would save long term.
District 3 includes a diverse population, from the mostly white area of Meridian-Kessler to the neighboring Fairgrounds area, where nearly half of the residents are people of color.
District leaders have so far declined to discuss the cost of the significant proposal or how they will fund plans that include constructing two new elementary school buildings and improving 14 school facilities.
The school’s change in plans comes as IPS prepares for a multitude of changes under its Rebuilding Stronger plan, which would close seven schools and reconfigure grade levels throughout the district.
The four candidates for three seats in the November election said Wednesday they haven’t seen enough information about the plan to support it and also expressed concern about the level of parent input.
If their innovation agreements end, Urban Act and Super School 19 would be the third and fourth schools to be removed from the innovation network by the district since the creation of such schools under state law in 2014.
The Indianapolis Education Association is pushing Indianapolis Public Schools for more transparency around how it will relocate staff under the district’s Rebuilding Stronger reorganization.
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.
State law requires unused school buildings to be offered to charters or state colleges for $1. As IPS plans to vacate seven buildings, officials hope to change that.
IPS is expected to use the money to create sensory-friendly environments for struggling students, peer mentors and professional development sessions on social and emotional learning.
The plan, which awaits school board approval in November, calls for closing seven schools and configuring grades at 39 others in an attempt to cut costs and expand specialized academic programs to more students of color.
Seven schools will close or merge and 39 others will change the grades they serve in a reconfiguration of Indianapolis Public Schools unveiled during the superintendent’s annual State of the District address on Tuesday night.
Two influential groups with strong ties to the charter school movement have both endorsed Hope Hampton over Kristen Elizabeth Phair in the sole Indianapolis Public Schools school board race that’s contested this year.
The bonuses were meant to help the district as it struggled to retain staff during the pandemic. They are being funded with $14 million in federal COVID relief.
Two candidates are unopposed in separate races. A third seat attracted only two candidates. And three incumbent board members chose not to seek re-election after a single term.
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 fate of more than 60 district schools may be determined in the coming weeks, as IPS grapples with declining enrollment in its traditional neighborhood schools.
The story of Purdue Polytechnic High School’s growth coincides with the story of IPS’ shrinking enrollment.
Some of the biggest gains happened at Crispus Attucks and George Washington high schools, which each reported an increase of 20 percentage points for on-track rates compared to last year.