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Amelia Pak-Harvey

Reporter, Chalkbeat Indiana

Amelia Pak-Harvey is a Reporter for Chalkbeat Indiana. She previously worked as a city reporter for the Indianapolis Star, an education reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and an education reporter for the Lowell Sun in Lowell, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University and is originally from North Carolina.

The district’s decision to close six schools in 2023 could leave buildings available to charter school operators for $1.
IPS officials unveiled the blueprint in September, but have tweaked it a few times since then. The board is slated to vote on it Nov. 17.
The change comes after hundreds of people signed a petition to keep the charter school out of Harshman, a traditional public school.
Hope Hampton wins seat on Indianapolis Public Schools board after getting major backing from political action committees.
Some advocacy groups downplay the role of big campaign spending, but others see a chilling effect.
Potential stipends as high as $10,000 might not be enough to stave off a significant number of teacher departures.
Victory College Prep could take advantage of a state law allowing charter schools to acquire unused school buildings for $1.
The Indianapolis school board is due to vote Nov. 17 on the final draft of the district’s revitalization plan.
The two ballot questions would raise property taxes to cover the cost of new buildings, facility upgrades, and competitive salaries.
Two of Hope Hampton’s biggest financial backers are political action committees linked to the education advocacy groups RISE Indy and Stand for Children Indiana.
Hope Hampton and Kristen Phair are running to represent District 3, a socioeconomically diverse part of the school system.
The Broad Ripple High School site illustrates the challenges a state law has created for the district.
The schools could become the third and fourth to be removed from the innovation network since its creation.
The list of demands from the union are the latest in an outpouring of public comments, questions, and concerns about the district’s proposed overhaul.
The Pike Township candidates will seek to stabilize the district after a tumultuous year that included staff protests and declining test scores.
The winners of the IPS school board race will oversee huge changes for the state’s largest district.
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.
The public will have opportunities to weigh in on the plan, which the board will consider in November.
The charter-friendly organizations that have been heavily involved in past IPS races have both endorsed Hope Hampton over Kristen Elizabeth Phair.
Proposed changes include four enrollment zones, seven school closures and grade changes at 39 schools.
Superintendent Aleesia Johnson will present the plan Tuesday evening.
Parents at choice schools have pushed back against the proposal to break up the K-8 structure.
The limit on absences angered teachers in IPS worried about mandatory COVID quarantines.
Purdue Polytechnic and Believe Schools say their new schools would focus on students of color.
Indianapolis parents cry foul over lack of transparency in IPS plan to close or consolidate schools.
Ignite, which has rebranded as the Genius School, is on probationary status and could still face closure.
The district has some crowded schools in relatively poor condition, while others are mostly empty yet in better shape.
As enrollment in Indianapolis Public Schools’ neighborhood schools declines, some district charters kick off the 2022-23 school year with record enrollment.