IPS board challengers poised to upset incumbents, referendums pass
Two challengers were edging out incumbents Tuesday night in the Indianapolis Public Schools board races — but the county has yet to tally votes from 60 precincts and some 50,000 absentee ballots.
Challengers Susan Collins, a retired IPS teacher, and Taria Slack, a federal employee, oppose some of the district’s most controversial policies, such as partnering with charter operators. If they win, they could shift the balance of the board, which has been largely supportive of Superintendent Lewis Ferebee’s reshaping of the district.
Also, Indianapolis Public Schools easily won two tax increases to raise up to $272 million in additional funding. Officials have promised to use the money to give teachers raises, and the influx of funding will be a lifeline for the financially strapped district.