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June 6, 2017
This Indianapolis charter school has a solution to its teacher shortage: ‘Grow’ its own educators.
Student teachers will work in the classroom alongside experienced educators at Christel House.
April 22, 2015
Charter innovations show promising results for teaching language
As the number of English language learners in Indianapolis charter schools swells, some schools are becoming beacons for a fast-growing Latino population.
October 15, 2014
Citing formula flaws, state board steps in to raise Christel House to a B (updated)
The school, which was at the center of a 2012 controversy over whether former state Superintendent Tony Bennett was accused of unfairly conspiring with his lieutenants to raise its grade, again saw its grade go up after reconsideration.
August 5, 2014
Christel House rebounds after controversy and test score drop
After a long string of A’s, Christel House South fell to an F last year after test scores made a dramatic drop. This year, it recovered nearly all of its lost ground by gaining 9 points to achieve 71 percent passing. The school’s passing rate had been more 70 percent the prior three years.
April 1, 2014
As charter school group fails, next steps in question
As Indiana’s charter school association completes a shutdown, which could be done within days, questions about what sort of group might replace it remain unanswered.
December 22, 2013
Schools, board members ask: Are Indiana's grades fair?
Schools across Indiana received their report cards today, with the state rating the highest scorers an “A” and the lowest laggards an “F,” terminology…
November 7, 2013
In surprise move, Indiana's charter school association could close
The Indiana Association of Public Charter Schools recently praised a $2 million donation to Herron, an Indianapolis charter high school. In a move that has stunned charter school advocates, the Indiana Association of Public Charter Schools will shut down at the end of the year unless emergency funds can be found to save it, one of it's board members confirmed today. The organization, the state chapter of a national group, advocates for charter schools in the legislature and provides other services to member schools. If the organization shuts down it could leave charter schools without a direct lobbying voice or a resource for schools who need start up assistance or other basic services. Six of the organization's nine board members have resigned and the staff has been reduced from four to one. One of the remaining board members, Carey Dahncke, said he is hopeful the group can be reborn. "The association has failed to hit some of its targets," said Dahncke, who is executive director of Christel House Academy charter schools. "There is great concern about the ability to meet its debts." The news came as a shock to Derek Redelman, vice president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and a longtime charter school supporter. "It's disappointing," he said. "I would certainly encourage the schools to get together, at least on an informal basis, to see how they can remain in touch with each other and represent their interests."
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