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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.

HIM By HER was denied a charter by the Indiana Charter School Board. Instead, it won approval to open by another authorizer: Ball State University.
In a video, Superintendent Aleesia Johnson called the Rebuilding Stronger setback “an unfortunate delay” and questioned why IPS is repeatedly asked to be “more creative with already strained resources.”
The partnership allows 25 Crispus Attucks High School students to take courses as Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania
The district hopes to increase proficiency levels to 50% by 2025 using tools from tutoring to curriculum changes.
The powerful business group was influential in the district’s previous successful tax increase in 2018.
The updated proposal offers charters within the Indianapolis Public Schools Innovation Network $9.7 million, higher than the initial $6.4 million.
The board’s seven members have received support from groups associated with education reform principles like school choice.
The complaints allege that the district failed to notify the state Department of Education of six buildings slated to close at the end of 2022-23.
Indianapolis Public Schools heads into winter break without consensus on an operating referendum that must be certified for the ballot by Feb. 17.
Decatur High Ability Academy’s status as an innovation school will allow it to accept students who live outside of the district.
Twenty-three schools would receive from $1.8 million to $61 million for building improvements if voters pass a $410 million capital referendum. See the full list.
The IPS school board voted to make School 43 an innovation arts school, and to renew an innovation agreement with the Matchbook Learning charter school.
The move to transform School 43 into an arts school is part of the district’s broader Rebuilding Stronger plan, which aims to increase academic opportunities for students of color.
The southside Marion County district will begin its search for a new leader on Dec. 21.
Parents in Perry Township can still send their child to an elementary school outside of their new attendance zone, as long as they provide transportation and there is space for them.
The board is slated to vote later this month on another ballot item to fund things like expanded academic programs.
While charters affiliated with Indianapolis Public Schools would get a cut of new revenue, independent charters would not.
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.