The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, will use the money from the family of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton to provide more innovation school fellowships and launch more charter schools.
The Lilly Endowment has now given more than $14 million to Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust to fund programs that recruit and train teachers for work in schools in the city’s high-need neighborhoods.
Education reform group The Mind Trust will pay selected educators $100,000 to spend a year developing plans and forming teams to improve the poorest performing schools in the IPS district.
State lawmakers inadvertently made it too easy for poor-performing schools to stay open, some advocates say.
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
A study by Chicago-based IFF found that 49 percent of K-12 students in Marion County are in schools that earned an A or B last year from the Indiana Department of Education.
An educational group is planning to spend about $4 million to renovate an Indianapolis warehouse to open its first charter school in what it hopes will become a statewide network.
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
Caitlin Hannon, who is in a three-way contest for the Indianapolis Public Schools District 1, has raised $62,437 this year, including $34,000 from out-of-state education reformers.
The Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will announce June 25 that it is awarding $1 million apiece to Indianapolis-based Christel House Academy and Boston-based Phalen Leadership Academies to launch new charter schools in Indianapolis.
Six months after the Mind Trust released its plan to reform Indianapolis Public Schools, researchers at Indiana University now say the plan rests on experiments in other cities that led to greater inequity among students and did not produce dramatic academic gains.
The question at the heart of this year’s debate over the future of Indianapolis Public Schools is whether the district should be placed in the hands of Indianapolis’ mayor. But when mayors take control of bad schools, test scores usually rise but challenges don’t go away.