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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.
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