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October 5, 2018
The fight for teacher raises and 4 other takeaways from our IPS referendum forum
Indianapolis Public Schools teacher Rosa Vazquez had a point to make, and at its core, it was simple: “We need more.” “It’s difficult when we…
Show me the money
October 2, 2018
An IPS tax measure could raise teacher pay. Here’s how much and why it matters
Teacher and principal salaries, benefits, and raises are at the center of a campaign to convince voters to approve a $220 million operating referendum.
September 25, 2018
IPS and Indy Chamber outline unconventional three-year partnership to cut spending
The Indy Chamber would pay as much as $1 million during the first year for two new district administrators and consulting by outside groups.
September 18, 2018
The race is on to convince voters to give more money to Indianapolis Public Schools
The campaign is using a multi-pronged approach to reach voters.
Indy school taxes
September 11, 2018
In spreading the word about its tax referendums, IPS overstates the cost to property owners
The anticipated bill is $3.19 for a home worth $75,300, the median value used by the district.
August 31, 2018
How Indianapolis Public Schools went from surplus to deficit: A look at falling funding
Less than five years ago, the district had a $8.4 million surplus.
August 2, 2018
Campaign for IPS tax referendums gets a $100,000 boost from advocacy group
The group will also launch a vast door-knocking campaign.
July 24, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools scales back referendum (again) to win chamber support
The new request would amount to $220 million over eight years.
July 23, 2018
Why Indianapolis Public Schools wants the Indy Chamber’s referendum support
The chamber and the district this month released competing plans for how much the district needs.
July 17, 2018
IPS board votes to ask taxpayers for $315 million, reject the chamber’s plan
The school board pledged to continue discussions with the Indy Chamber.
On school finance
July 16, 2018
Facing tax opposition, Indianapolis leaders may settle for less than schools need
Superintendent Ferebee raised the possibility that the district might return to taxpayers for more money if the first referendum does not raise enough.
July 11, 2018
To bring down potential tax hikes, chamber proposes slashing Indianapolis Public Schools budget
In a new plan unveiled Wednesday, the Indy Chamber is proposing deep budget cuts at Indianapolis Public Schools to significantly reduce upcoming referendums.
June 28, 2018
Indy Chamber eyes cuts to schools, busing, health insurance to fund teacher pay raise
A presentation to the school board Thursday previewed some of the findings of an ongoing analysis.
June 22, 2018
Seeking property tax hikes, Indianapolis Public Schools considers selling headquarters
The administration is exploring the sale of its building at 120 E. Walnut St., which has housed the district’s central office since 1960.
June 20, 2018
Ferebee, pleading for more money for schools, says teacher raises, security upgrades are on the ballot
Ferebee told a few dozen people at the meeting that he envisioned offering the best teacher pay in the state
April 10, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools offers buyouts to up to 150 teachers
Indianapolis Public Schools is offering teachers $20,000 payments to retire.
April 6, 2018
147 Indianapolis educators still don’t know where they will work next year
The administration displaced 418 certified staff for 2018-19 as part of the closings of high schools.
March 6, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools didn’t follow the playbook on its big tax request. Now it’s playing catch-up.
District officials said backpedaling on the referendums showed responsiveness to community concerns.
March 5, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools suspends $725 million tax hike plan after business leaders’ criticism
The Indianapolis Public Schools board voted 6-0 to withdraw the proposal.
February 28, 2018
New group urges voters to ‘Vote Yes’ on tax hike for Indianapolis schools
A new political action committee is advocating for voters to approve tax increases to raise $725 million in additional funding for the Indianapolis Public Schools.
February 22, 2018
Big blow to Indianapolis Public Schools’ bid for tax increase: Realtors aren’t sold
The opposition deals a harsh blow to the referendums, which have faced criticism and received little public support.
February 20, 2018
Teacher raises would survive $211 million cut from Indianapolis Public Schools funding request
The scaled-back request would raise about $725 million over eight years.
February 16, 2018
Indianapolis struggles to balance how much money schools need with what people will pay
Without that extra money, Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said, the district would have to burn through its savings or make vast cuts.
February 15, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders could scale back their appeal for tax increases
The board president said there is a consensus among board members that the original proposal would raise taxes too much.
February 14, 2018
IPS bid for more money is ‘the most nonchalant billion-dollar tax increase ever,’ state official says
An Indiana education official is calling out Indianapolis Public Schools for how the district has handled a recent proposal to collect almost $1 billion…
January 11, 2018
Who supports Indianapolis Public Schools’ bid for more money? It’s not clear.
The referendums would increase school funding by as much as $936 million over eight years.
December 14, 2017
IPS board votes to ask taxpayers for $936 million to pay for teacher raises, building improvements and special education
All five of the IPS School Board members present voted in favor of adding both referendums to the ballot.
November 30, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools will likely ask taxpayers for $936 million for teacher pay, construction
If approved by the school board next month, the request would be placed on the 2018 primary ballot on May 8.
February 27, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools may ask taxpayers for more money. A three-year deficit and raises for teachers are driving the decision.
For the third year in a row, the district expects to operate at a deficit, following years of declines in state funding and growing spending on teacher pay.
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