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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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