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Indianapolis Public Schools
July 18, 2017
Hundreds gather at Broad Ripple High School to plead for the school to stay open
Dozens of people spoke during a public comment period that lasted about an hour and a half.
July 17, 2017
Broad Ripple High School will probably close next year. Here’s what you should know.
Broad Ripple is one of three IPS high schools slated to close at the end of the year.
July 14, 2017
Watch: Indianapolis Public Schools’ optimistic pitch for closing high schools
The 2:20 minute video starts with an explanation of why the administration thinks three high schools should be closed.
July 11, 2017
Admissions changes are diversifying Indianapolis Public Schools most popular magnets. Now, the district may go further.
In a bid to make some schools more accessible for low-income families and children of color, the board changed the admissions rules for magnets last fall.
July 10, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders want to close high schools. But first, they need permission from the state.
Five schools that would be affected by the district’s high school closing and reconfiguration plan are under state oversight.
June 30, 2017
At painful meeting, Indianapolis superintendent makes case for closing high schools: ‘The status quo is not good enough’
The room was crowded with alumni, families and staff from the schools facing closure.
June 27, 2017
Dozens rally to protest closing high schools in Indianapolis Public Schools
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee will announce Wednesday which three of the seven high schools the administration recommends closing.
June 23, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools is about to reveal which high schools are likely to close. Here’s what you should know.
The administration recommendation will also include plans for where magnet programs at closed schools could move and what might happen to the vacant buildings.
June 21, 2017
Indiana school districts receive grants to train math and science teachers
Grant recipients will work with universities, foundations, and other local institutions to help educators improve their teaching strategies and knowledge.
June 5, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools names Teacher of the Year, a librarian dedicated to finding a story for every student
Each day, she spends a few hours reading blogs and roving for titles online.
May 25, 2017
One of the top ranked high schools in the state just joined Indianapolis Public Schools
The move is the latest example of district collaboration with charter schools, which were seen in the past as rivals for students.
May 23, 2017
IPS plan to keep students interested in school? Give them career training
The new model would replace traditional neighborhood high schools with magnet schools that house several career or academic focus areas.
May 15, 2017
As Indianapolis leaders choose which high schools to close, some campuses are in more danger than others.
The district has outlined an expansive list of criteria to determine the fate of its high schools.
May 10, 2017
Indianapolis charter operator wants to take on an epic task: Managing all the struggling Gary elementary schools
Phalen Leadership Academies is part of a team bidding to be the state's manager for a takeover of Gary schools.
April 27, 2017
Closing Indianapolis high schools? Parents and alumni plead ‘slow down’
About 150 people packed into a room at the Glendale Library to discuss a proposal to close three high schools in the district.
April 25, 2017
Pulitzer-Prize winning author tells Indianapolis students a story some know well — of the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S.
Nazario wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series about a boy who traveled alone from Honduras to the United States to reunite with his mother.
March 31, 2017
As Purdue prepares to open a high school this fall, leaders are already talking about a network
Purdue Polytechnic High School will open this fall in Indianapolis with 150 freshmen.
March 20, 2017
Which high schools are going to close in Indianapolis? Here’s the timeline
IPS expects to have more than twice as many seats as high school students by next fall.
March 17, 2017
Days after DeVos touts Indianapolis’s ‘innovation schools’ initiative, three more schools are added
The board voted on School 15, School 42 and Avondale Meadows Middle School.
March 13, 2017
Sought-after charter Herron High School could be the latest to join the Indianapolis innovation network
Since IPS began creating innovation schools two years ago, the program has swiftly expanded.
March 13, 2017
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says Indianapolis’s ‘innovation schools’ should be a national model
In Betsy DeVos's dream world, more schools would operate the way one in Indianapolis hopes to.
March 2, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools is closing high schools. Here are the biggest questions facing district leaders.
The district expects to have more than twice as many high school seats as students by next fall.
February 22, 2017
A neighborhood-led school will make its pitch to the Indianapolis Public Schools board
If the board approves the plan, the school would join a growing group of “innovation schools” that are still part of IPS but have the freedom of charter schools.
February 21, 2017
This mom came to the newcomer school ready to stand up for son. She left with a job.
A native of the Congo, Charlotte Uwimbabazi fled the war-torn country about a decade ago. Last spring, Uwimbabazi and her four children came to the U.S. as refugees.
February 16, 2017
Indianapolis is experimenting with a new kind of teacher — and it’s transforming this school
School 107 is one of six district schools piloting a program that allows principals to pay experienced teachers as much as $18,000 extra each year.
February 13, 2017
They waited years to come to America. Now, this Indianapolis school is teaching them how to succeed here
For Mbeomo and Tosha Msambilwa, moving to Indiana marked the beginning of journey: Learning English.
February 3, 2017
Should undocumented students be afraid? These are their rights.
The election of Donald Trump has ignited fear among undocumented students and those who have undocumented relatives.
February 2, 2017
Newest member of Indianapolis school board says “I have two ears and I am willing to listen”
Dorene Rodriguez Hoops is a first-generation Mexican American and the mother of a son with special needs. She is also the only current IPS parent on the board.
January 26, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools are using new ways to reduce absenteeism. And they’re working.
School districts across the country are paying extra attention to improving attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism in recent years.
January 24, 2017
IPS outlines a plan: a restart for School 42 and a reprieve for two other schools
The board plans to discuss the three schools at its meeting 6 p.m. Thursday.
January 12, 2017
How one Indianapolis neighborhood says it can save a struggling school by taking control
It could be the first neighborhood-led effort to create an IPS innovation school, offering a model for other community groups across the city.
December 13, 2016
A-F grades are lower across Indiana. Here’s why IPS isn’t sweating its Fs
The days when the state would take over failing Indianapolis Public Schools appear to be over — at least for the foreseeable…
December 13, 2016
IPS names newest board member: A Center for Inquiry parent who speaks Spanish fluently
The current board chose Dorene Rodriguez Hoops by a 4-2 vote to fill the vacancy created by LaNier Echols’ surprise resignation last month.
December 12, 2016
Three IPS schools put on notice: schools could be ‘restarted,’ teachers made to reapply
School 42, School 63 and John Marshall Middle School were all named by the district as candidates for conversion to “innovation” status.
December 8, 2016
Two IPS parents, one ousted member vie for open seat on school board
Just 30 days after voters chose four members of the Indianapolis Public Schools board, a fifth seat is up for grabs.
Time will tell
November 30, 2016
Is one year enough time to make a bad school better? Experts are divided.
Whether or not one year of test scores says much about a school depends on who you ask.
November 21, 2016
Why the IPS superintendent isn’t worried that test scores are down
Indiana has gone through so much turmoil in recent years that Ferebee says the scores cannot be compared from one year to the next.
November 17, 2016
IPS sees test scores drop at top schools and first ‘innovation’ restart in 2016
Scores fell across the state, but the situation was worse in IPS, where the passing rate went down by 4 percentage points to 25.3 percent in 2016.
October 12, 2016
With new website, Indianapolis inches toward a single application for charter and district schools
Enroll Indy will launch a website with information on schools in November.
A school reborn
August 31, 2016
The long road to a new site ends in song and inspiration at Edison School for the Arts
Tuesday’s coming out party for Edison, which began classes at its new location with the start of school earlier this month, was the final step in a sometimes painful process of reorganizing the arts magnet programs at Indianapolis Public Schools.
August 4, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools considers letting high schoolers sleep in
IPS board members are calling for a later start time for high school students.
August 4, 2016
With students speaking 10 different languages, teachers at Indianapolis’ ‘Newcomer’ school find creative ways to communicate
Indianapolis Public School's brand new program for students who have just arrived in the country opened its doors for the first time.
July 14, 2016
Expert at Black Expo tells teachers: Start by looking in the mirror to better help students cope with violence
Consultant and former IPS teacher at Indiana's Black Expo leads conversation on how teachers talk about trauma — their students and their own.
July 5, 2016
At some Indianapolis magnet schools, racial divides are by design
District officials defend School 84 as a critical piece of a plan to keep affluent whites from leaving IPS, a problem faced by urban districts across the United States.
May 12, 2016
Beyond test scores: Indianapolis considers new ways to measure school quality
New ‘equity reports’ will factor discipline data and other measures to give parents more information about schools.
Making a difference
April 24, 2016
Chalkbeat-led series wins a top prize from Indiana’s state journalism awards
Lost In Translation, a Chalkbeat-led joint project published in partnership with the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media, was honored Friday by the…
April 20, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools plans school for kids new to the country
The school would serve students in their first year in the country who are in the early stage of learning English.
April 8, 2016
Rise & Shine: Indianapolis Public Schools launches campaign to confront youth violence
April 4, 2016
Low state ISTEP test scores landed these 10 Indianapolis Public Schools at the bottom
More than half of the schools among the bottom 10 for IPS on ISTEP were combined high schools.
What's your education story?
March 31, 2016
My story: ‘The teachers just took it that we weren’t as bright’
Teruko Knight-Gavia, the 'only brown student' in her class, credits her parents' educational push for her success.
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