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January 24, 2018
As Indianapolis moves to give principals more freedom, tough choices are on the horizon
The district aims to give principals at all traditional schools more control over instruction, budgets, and staffing by 2020.
July 11, 2017
Admissions changes are diversifying Indianapolis Public Schools most popular magnets. Now, the district may go further.
In a bid to make some schools more accessible for low-income families and children of color, the board changed the admissions rules for magnets last fall.
April 28, 2017
IPS broke its own rules to work with a for-profit charter operator. Now it’s having second thoughts.
The district is responsible for Emma Donnan Elementary School's — so far low — test scores.
January 9, 2017
Three new members join IPS board, Sullivan elected president
The seven-member board swore in three new members and elected Mary Ann Sullivan president.
November 3, 2016
Where all 10 Indianapolis Public Schools board candidates stand on the issues
This is where the candidates stand on some of the biggest issues in the race.
October 24, 2016
Out-of-state money seems to be skipping the IPS board race
All of the incumbents raised more than $15,000 while most of the challengers raised less than $1,000.
October 18, 2016
Inflammatory protester-turned-candidate challenges veteran member for seat on IPS board
Board member Diane Arnold is facing off against protestor Larry Vaughn.
October 6, 2016
IPS board members reject pointed critiques from challengers seeking to unseat them
There’s a lot at stake for Indianapolis as voters go to the polls Nov. 8 to choose who should run the city’s schools so Wednesday’s discussion was a lively one.
September 9, 2016
Stand for Children endorses 1 newcomer and 3 incumbents for the IPS board
Stand campaigned for candidates it endorsed in 2014.
August 4, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools considers letting high schoolers sleep in
IPS board members are calling for a later start time for high school students.
January 7, 2016
Mary Ann Sullivan, former legislator, poised to become new IPS school board president
Board members meet Friday to pick a leader for 2016.
January 4, 2016
5 bold predictions for the new year for ISTEP, teachers, Pence, Ritz and IPS
Ferebee is in demand, Ritz and Pence have political challenges and ISTEP could die in 2016.
November 5, 2015
IPS principals can now have a shot at $25,000 awards
Indianapolis philanthropists Al and Kathy Hubbard are extending their Life-Changing Teacher Awards this year to principals and giving another $50,000 to the effort.
October 27, 2015
IPS delays move of arts program after call for 30-day waiting period
A board member called for a 30-day waiting period before IPS takes actions to make major changes to schools in the wake of a plan to move an arts magnet program.
August 25, 2015
IPS board gives blessing to house Global Prep charter school
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee got the go-ahead from the school board to negotiate a deal with charter school developer Mariama Carson to put the school in an IPS building.
August 10, 2015
Hannon resigns IPS board to take a Mind Trust fellowship
Caitlin Hannon, a former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher who joined the school board in an effort to push for change in the district, has stepped down, but she hopes to return to a key role in education in the city soon.
June 30, 2015
With 1,000 signatures, Stand For Children parents demand IPS action
Ferebee says parent input will factor into an IPS strategic plan coming in August.
June 25, 2015
IPS teachers protest $125K salary for new 'talent officer'
Changes are designed to help the district recruit and retain teachers.
June 2, 2015
Hispanics flee as fights, racial tension rile George Washington High School
Students say fights are a regular occurrence at George Washington, which is under state intervention for low student performance. The school is on its third principal in three years.
May 29, 2015
IPS board members spar over school autonomy
Gayle Cosby was livid when she was not picked for a committee that includes other board members and district officials.
May 1, 2015
IPS school board breaks its own rules to partner with a charter school network
The district said that working with Charter Schools USA to create a new elementary school was a "one-time exception" to the policy against working with for-profit companies.
April 29, 2015
IPS defends spending on Phalen innovation school against criticism
Is Indianapolis Public Schools handing over its lowest-performing school to a charter operator on a "silver platter?"
March 27, 2015
Ferebee wins extra pay for grad rates, test scores and entry plan
Ferebee can earn $25,000 per year as part of his contract with the district based on student performance metrics.
March 27, 2015
After Facebook flame war, IPS board president apologizes (updated)
A debate over last Sunday's unusual IPS board meeting boiled over on social media this week.
March 9, 2015
IPS board to Ferebee: Bring us a reform-driven strategic plan
Increasing school choice options, driving decision-making away from the Central Office, and transitioning to student-based budgeting will guide the district.
February 10, 2015
IPS offers a chance to have a say in how the district changes
The rest of the meetings, which are open to IPS parents and the public, will take place throughout February and will help guide the board throughout the district's strategic planning process.
January 28, 2015
IPS board overturns 2014 decisions, will partner with Phalen charter school
the board approved the state's first-ever "innovation network school," an autonomous IPS school under the district's umbrella, to be run in partnership with the Phalen Leadership Academy charter school. The move was authorized by a law created by the legislature last year by House Bill 1321.
January 22, 2015
At out-of-town training, IPS board also tries to resolve discord
The Indianapolis Public School Board spent two days together last weekend among the rolling hills of southern Indiana. The stated reason was for training, and board members have been careful not to officially describe the get-together a "retreat," which might suggest a more general meeting that would be required to be open to the public under Indiana's Sunshine Law.
January 12, 2015
Ferebee: Low expectations are a stubborn obstacle for IPS
A surprising number of Ferebee's biggest changes so far have connected to that theme of higher expectations — for the administration, for teachers, for students and even for the wider Indianapolis community. But those expectations work both ways. Halfway through his second year leading IPS, questions remain about how well matched Ferebee's ambitions for IPS are to those of a newly-elected, reform-minded school board. He also knows he has work to do to involve parents and grow grassroots level support for his approach.
January 6, 2015
New IPS school board chooses Diane Arnold as president
The Indianapolis Public School Board unanimously elected longtime board member Diane Arnold tonight as its president. Arnold will reprise a role she played in 2013,…
January 6, 2015
IPS mystery: Members mum on next school board president
The uncertainty of who will be the next board president is reminiscent of 2013: Once again three newly-elected board members with big changes in mind are taking office.
December 9, 2014
IPS board takes a pass on fellowship winners' school overhaul plan
IPS board members say they like an idea to turn around a failing school by using an existing Indianapolis charter school operator's ideas. But that didn't stop some board members from voting against the plan tonight over frustrations with education advocacy group The Mind Trust's Innovation School Fellowship program, killing the proposal until next year when a new school board comes into power.
December 2, 2014
IPS board to Ferebee: Explore ways to save Key Learning Community
Indianapolis Public School Board members, moved by parent complaints, asked Superintendent Lewis Ferebee to consider alternatives to his plan to close Key Learning Community, a K-12 magnet school.
November 11, 2014
IPS to consider letting Gambold Prep take over Shortridge High School
The Indianapolis Public School Board tonight will discuss a plan to move Gambold Preparatory High School from its Northwest side location to a more central…
October 29, 2014
IPS dumps Teach Plus contract as board members trade barbs
Emotions were running high Wednesday night as the Indianapolis Public School Board voted at a special meeting to rescind a contract with national organization Teach Plus to provide $6,000 bonuses to teacher leaders in three struggling IPS schools.
October 28, 2014
IPS board president calls special meeting to discuss Teach Plus contract
The Indianapolis Public School Board has called a meeting for Wednesday to reconsider a contract it approved with Teach Plus just a week ago…
August 19, 2014
Ferebee says IPS needs a plan to grow its own principals
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee hopes a plan to nurture promising future leaders will help Indianapolis Public Schools reverse a troubling trend: good principals are leaving and hiring outside replacements has gotten tougher.
August 15, 2014
IPS developing plan for new charter compact law
Indianapolis Public Schools has started the tricky work of navigating how it might partner with charter school groups to run some of its schools. It’s…
May 30, 2014
Changes to teacher pay and promotion on the table for IPS
The Indianapolis Public School Board is considering undertaking a two-year process to overall how it evaluates, pays and promotes teachers. The plan, called Project Elevate, is still being developed but initial estimates suggested it could involve up to three consultants and cost $2.5 million.
March 7, 2014
Sullivan, Bentley considering a run for IPS school board
Two high profile Democrats who support school choice and accountability-based education reforms are strongly considering bids for the Indianapolis Public School Board. Kelly Bentley is…
January 6, 2014
Roof expected to be next IPS board president
Annie Roof appears poised to become the new president of the Indianapolis Public School Board. Several board members said Roof had majority support and was…
December 12, 2013
Giving details, Ferebee says his plan will have vast scope
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee and board President Diane Arnold Superintendent Lewis Ferebee's plan to reorganize Indianapolis Public Schools' leadership will require a "sizeable number" of his central office team to reapply for their jobs as the large-scale effort will both shrink the district's management structure and refine its functions. In an exclusive interview, Ferebee expanded on Friday's short announcement of the reorganization on the district's Web site, which lists a handful of new positions. Ferebee declined to give key specifics, such as how many administrators will be given notice before the end of the year that they will have to reapply, what positions will be redefined, how many jobs will be cut or how much savings might be expected when all the changes are complete. But he called Friday's announcement the first of at least three steps toward overhauling the way the district is managed. There will be another round of of job realignments for the academic team next, followed by a similar process for the central office operations team, Ferebee said. In each case, a top deputy will be selected to oversee and realign employee groups. The academic team is led by Deputy Superintendent Wanda Legrand. The systematic overhaul he described might have been unthinkable a year ago under former Superintendent Eugene White, who rejected the notion that the downtown bureaucracy saddled IPS. But the new superintendent's charge is to make change and a majority of the school board members have publicly stated support for his plan. The move was praised by board members and others who have called for a new direction in IPS' management structure.
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