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September 18, 2017
It’s final: Indianapolis Public Schools Board approves plan to close high schools
While board members framed the decision as painful, but unavoidable, many in the crowd laughed, murmured and occasionally yelled in skepticism.
in the burbs
August 30, 2017
Germantown tops Tennessee in high school test scores, other suburban Memphis districts see gains
School systems in Arlington, Collierville and Germantown are among 10 statewide to reduce the percent of students performing below grade level in every subject.
August 29, 2017
Arlington alumni implore the Indianapolis Public Schools Board: ‘Don’t give up on the students and staff’
But a handful of people also spoke in support of the district plan.
August 28, 2017
This could be the last year for Arlington High School after years of turmoil. Here’s what you should know.
A district proposal would convert the campus to a middle school next fall.
August 18, 2017
When students at an Indianapolis high school weren’t talking about Charlottesville, this teacher started the conversation.
When teacher Delvonte Arnold came to school after a weekend of racist violence, he expected students to have questions. But to his shock, Charlottesville didn’t come up.
August 16, 2017
This Arlington alumnus remembers a strong and supportive high school community. Now he wants the chance to pay it forward.
In September, the board of Indianapolis Public Schools will vote on a proposal to close four high schools in the district. Chalkbeat is…
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 29, 2017
Broad Ripple, Arlington and Northwest could be closing. Here’s what happens next.
The board won’t vote on the proposal until this fall, and the schools won’t close until 2018-2019.
June 28, 2017
Broad Ripple is one of three Indianapolis high schools facing closure
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee’s proposal would spare the four high schools at the core of the district.
Behind the brawl
May 18, 2017
Three things to know about the Tennessee school behind this week’s graduation brawl
Arlington High School is considered the crown jewel of a 3-year-old district in suburban Shelby County, even as its school community deals with some unwelcome attention.
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.
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.
February 15, 2016
Tindley's woes, and CEO's departure, raise tough questions for charter schools
Marcus Robinson departs as the high profile charter school network looks to work its way out of fiancial trouble.
December 2, 2015
State board OK with IPS promises that Arlington High School is on the mend
Ferebee said challenges still exist, mainly in relationship-building between teachers and students, filling teaching positions and getting a handle on instruction.
November 30, 2015
Still-troubled Arlington High School at center of state board debate this week
Arlington is the first school taken over by the state to be returned to its home district. Although IPS controls day-to-day operations, the state board retains oversight.
September 8, 2015
One student's fresh start a symbol for new Carpe Diem Shadeland charter school
Arizona-based Carpe Diem now operates three Indianapolis charter schools.
August 19, 2015
Would fewer IPS high schools lead to more advanced courses?
As part of a plan to push for more students to take AP courses, school board members Tuesday discussed the idea of fewer high schools with more students in the future.
April 1, 2015
State board rules IPS can manage Arlington, share Donnan
Indianapolis Public Schools today gained back a measure of control over two of its former schools that have been run independently after state takeover in 2012.
March 12, 2015
IPS to manage Arlington, but it will remain in state takeover
The Indiana State Board of Education today unanimously voted to let Indianapolis Public Schools manage Arlington High School, but the school will remain in state takeover
February 4, 2015
Is Arlington High School actually coming out of state takeover?
The confusion reveals an underlying question policymakers are grappling with when it comes to the state's controversial takeover process: Is the state prepared to let go of its takeover schools?
February 3, 2015
State board poised to add more test scores into teacher ratings
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to vote tomorrow on how much student test scores factor into teacher evaluations — for some, it…
January 27, 2015
Deal would give IPS more control over Donnan Middle School
Charter Schools USA, the Florida-based company that has managed Donnan for more than two years, would still run the daily operations of the school but going forward its contract would be with both the state and the school district. If the Indiana State Board of Education agrees to the idea next week, the IPS board signaled it was likely formally complete the deal soon after.
January 15, 2015
Community responds: Plan to merge Arlington, John Marshall raises concerns
The Indianapolis Public School Board pitched an idea in September to merge Arlington and John Marshall high schools, but at a public feedback meeting Wednesday, several speakers said they were against the idea.
December 3, 2014
IPS regains control of Arlington High School
For the first time since Indiana began taking over failing schools, a school district got one of the schools back. The Indiana State Board of Education unanimously voted today to put Indianapolis Public Schools back in charge of Arlington High School, which was one of the the first five schools to face state takeover in 2012.
October 9, 2014
Merging with John Marshall is IPS' top choice for Arlington's future
If it was up to Indianapolis Public Schools, the district would opt to merge John Marshall and Arlington high schools for the 2015-16 school year.
September 2, 2014
Merger talks surprised John Marshall High School community
The notion of closing Marshall came out of the blue for Bostic and many in the community Thursday. It was one of several options Superintendent Lewis Ferebee offered at a school board retreat for how to deal with a totally separate problem: repatriating Arlington High School back into IPS.
August 28, 2014
Closing John Marshall, absorbing students into Arlington may be IPS' next move
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee and school board members have faced a decision about how to move forward with Arlington ever since its new state-assigned operator, Tindley Schools, shocked state officials and the district this summer when it threatened to pull out of running the school early because of financial troubles.
August 6, 2014
Takeover schools criticized as too tough on discipline
A half dozen community leaders and other speakers told the Indiana State Board of Education it must address discipline at four Indianapolis schools in state takeover that rank among the city’s top seven schools for expulsions.
August 4, 2014
Middle schools at center of IPS testing woes
For IPS, the annual release of ISTEP scores coincided with the first day of school, and the results prompted something of a reckoning of the state of the district’s offerings, both good and bad.
July 23, 2014
IPS board approves plan to help keep Arlington High School open
Arlington High School will stay open this year as the result of an agreement approved tonight by the Indianapolis Public Schools Board. The school…
July 19, 2014
Arlington High School will stay open, but takeover questions remain
For the now, it seems Arlington High School will be able open its doors this year. But the ongoing troubles raise a critical question: can state takeover of low performing schools successfully be undertaken in Indiana? Or should the practice be abandoned?
July 10, 2014
Tindley says it can't afford to keep running Arlington High School
Tindley Schools, the charter school group that has run former Indianapolis’ Arlington High School for two years under a contract with the state, said today it wants out. The leader of the non-profit group that also operates a network of Indianapolis charter schools told the Indiana State Board of Education Tindley simply couldn’t afford to keep managing the school unless it received an additional $2.4 million in aid.
July 8, 2014
Let the light in: how Memphis grew a national poetry champion
Anita Norman stood on stage all by herself in the final round of the national Poetry Out Loud championship in Washington D.C. but she was not alone. Norman had parsed over her poem, “Let the Light In,” so many times with her teacher and her family that they all knew the words by heart: she just needed to release herself into the words of the poet Ellen Watkins Harper, who would carry her the rest of the way. Norman was one of only six contestants who made it to the final round out of more than 365,000, but she had been working up to this moment for three years.
June 25, 2014
Arlington High School student wins national poetry contest
Anita Norman, a student at Arlington High School, won the national Poetry Out Loud competition held in Washington DC this year. She beat out…
June 23, 2014
TeachPlus names 30 new fellows to study teaching policy
The Indianapolis chapter of TeachPlus, a national organization that aims to get teachers involved in education policy making, has named 30 new “teaching policy…
April 23, 2014
Ferebee asks: Where do middle school kids belong?
Since his arrival in Indianapolis seven months ago, IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee has expressed some concerns about the grade configuration and set up of the district's middle and high schools. He spoke about that in an interview with Chalkbeat's Bureau Chief Scott Elliott Monday night at the downtown public library sponsored by WFYI.
April 16, 2014
Reversing trend, fewer students who failed state tests graduated in 2013
For the first time in four years, Indiana saw a decline in the percentage of high school graduates who were given a pass after failing state-required tests. According to 2013 data released today by the Indiana Department of Education, 6.8 percent of graduating Indiana seniors received waivers, allowing them to graduate without passing state tests. That figure exceeded 9 percent in 2012, when lawmakers and critics of the practice first raised alarms.
April 8, 2014
Ritz, union weigh in on teacher evaluation data
After nearly all Indiana educators who received evaluation ratings were deemed effective Monday, there was a spectrum of reaction. Some called the notion that only 0.4 percent of the state's 50,000 teachers are ineffective impossible. Others say it only confirms what many teachers believe, but some pushing for educational change have doubted: that most teachers are doing a great job. Here are some of the reactions from key players in the state's education debate.
January 31, 2014
Lawmakers will consider exit strategy for state takeover
A bill in the Indiana legislature could allow schools being run by outside groups under state takeover to return to the school districts they came from. But a provision that already has raised concerns would also allow the Indiana State Board of Education to turn those schools into charter schools, forever severing them from the districts.
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