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Indianapolis Public School Board
July 28, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders stripped a traditional public school of its teachers union — and few saw it coming
IPS leaders used a little-known provision of state law to remove the union as part of a plan to improve Marshall approved by the Indiana State Board of Education.
February 22, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools board votes tomorrow on a resolution to support undocumented students. We annotated it.
The board will vote Thursday on a resolution to show support for undocumented students.
December 8, 2016
Two IPS parents, one ousted member vie for open seat on school board
Just 30 days after voters chose four members of the Indianapolis Public Schools board, a fifth seat is up for grabs.
November 10, 2016
Can community groups claim a win in defeat of well-financed candidate for IPS board?
In a stunning upset, former IPS board president Elizabeth Gore ousted incumbent Sam Odle.
November 7, 2016
Exclusive: Hours before election, sudden resignation creates more uncertainty on IPS board
LaNier Echols confirmed today that she plans to resign in the near future.
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 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.
October 5, 2016
Can’t make our forum with IPS school board candidates? Watch it live instead
For those who can't make it out to the library, WFYI is streaming the event live.
October 3, 2016
Candidates for IPS school board will answer questions at forum today
All 10 candidates will come together for a forum hosted by Chalkbeat and partners WFYI, the Indianapolis Recorder and the Indianapolis Public Library.
August 23, 2016
Innovation schools ignite heated debate among school board candidates
The NAACP and Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis are hosting a series of candidate forums.
April 20, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools plans school for kids new to the country
The school would serve students in their first year in the country who are in the early stage of learning English.
March 4, 2016
IPS revises estimate: enrollment to hold steady
The district initially expected enrollment to drop by 968 students.
February 25, 2016
Ferebee gets a raise, contract extension despite complaints
The new contract increases Ferebee's potential pay to $287,000 a year and extends his contract until 2019.
February 16, 2016
Teacher, parents tell the IPS school board to skip a raise for Ferebee
The IPS Board is considering extending Ferebee's contract to 2019 and raising his potential pay to more than $287,000 per year.
February 5, 2016
IPS Board will consider a big pay raise and contract extension for Ferebee
The contract amendment would increase Ferebee's potential compensation to more than $287,000 per year.
January 28, 2016
With a $100,000 Gates grant, IPS moves to strengthen district, charter school collaboration
Five years after taking a pass, IPS will use the money to pay for an "innovation manager."
January 26, 2016
How important is a school name that reflects its community?
Edison School for the Arts, the new name proposed for Key Learning Community, would mean one more school named for a white historical figure.
January 11, 2016
Cosby, the IPS board’s main dissenter, says she won’t run for re-election
Gayle Cosby will not run for reelection to the IPS school board, and it's unclear whether a new dissenting board member will fill her shoes.
January 8, 2016
New IPS board president Mary Ann Sullivan: It's time to put changes into place
The board elected Mary Ann Sullivan president, am Odle as vice-president and LaNier Echols as secretary for 2016.
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.
December 22, 2015
Part of Ferebee's bonus, like teacher raises, is in limbo because of ISTEP delay
The IPS superintendent received mostly good marks in the school board's review to determine his bonus.
December 22, 2015
The basics of the IPS plan for school autonomy and innovation
District leaders aim to transform IPS by granting greater freedom to school leaders.
December 17, 2015
Ferebee gets a $21,000 bonus from IPS board, but faces some criticism (updated)
Ferebee will receive a $21,000 bonus from the district for meeting performance goals, 84 percent of the $25,000 he’s eligible for under his contract.
December 15, 2015
IPS survey finds administrators and principals back changes but say they may be coming too fast
A consultant counted 60 new initiatives underway districtwide
August 25, 2015
Former IPS board president passed over to interview for open seat
The IPS school board will interview three of four candidates for its open school board seat, but the one it eliminated already is a familiar name.
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.
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 18, 2015
Appointing IPS board members on Brewer's agenda for mayoral campaign
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer thinks the city should be more involved in education — so much so that he proposed adding two mayoral appointees to the…
January 21, 2015
New IPS board members raised nearly $200K during campaign
New Indianapolis Public School Board members Mary Ann Sullivan, Kelly Bentley and LaNier Echols together raised nearly $200,000 last year to support their winning campaigns in what ended up as the most expensive school board election in the city's recent history.
December 10, 2014
Joe Hogsett looks to forge his own path on education
Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who at least for the moment looks like the front runner to become mayor of Indianapolis in 2016, has made…
December 1, 2014
Sullivan tells gathering that Shortridge wasn’t handled well
Guy Russell has had a long history with Indianapolis Public Schools, and he wanted answers today from newly-elected Indianapolis Public School Board member Mary Ann Sullivan.
November 19, 2014
IPS board approves Gambold IB move to Shortridge over objections
The Indianapolis Public School Board went ahead with a plan to shift programs out of Shortridge High School to make room for an International Baccalaureate Tuesday over the objections of a long line of Shortridge supporters who blasted the move.
November 17, 2014
New IPS board members plan community input meetings
Kelly Bentley, LaNier Echols and Mary Ann Sullivan — all recently elected to the Indianapolis Public School Board — will hold a series of public…
September 27, 2014
IPS school board candidates already are pulling in big bucks
In a crowded race this fall with 10 candidates seeking three seats, the forum hosted by the Greater Indianapolis NAACP, Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis and the local state, county and municipal employees' union at Martin University was the first chance for voters to see the candidates try to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack. The election is Nov. 4. Voters have until Oct. 6 in Marion County to register to vote.
September 24, 2014
New IPS teachers contract pays bonuses based on performance
The deal for a one-year contract was widely hailed Tuesday night by IPS and the teacher's union as innovative and a step in the right direction when it comes to improving pay for the cash-strapped district's 2,000 teachers.
September 9, 2014
One month into school year, IPS still searching for three principals
The first month of school has come and gone, and Indianapolis Public Schools is still searching for principals to lead two of its best-performing elementary schools and a struggling…
August 22, 2014
Deadline passes: 10 candidates seek 3 IPS school board seats
Ten candidates, many who are friendly to school-reform ideas like charter schools, test-based accountability and private school vouchers once uniformly rejected by district leadership, have filed to run for three seats on the school board.
August 14, 2014
IPS board president: Mind Trust broke the rules on $100,000 fellowships
Indianapolis Public School Board President Annie Roof said Wednesday The Mind Trust broke a written agreement by choosing three $100,000 fellowship winners without getting enough input from district officials. The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, announced in May that it fund up to nine more “innovation fellowships” over three years, jointly selecting educators to develop new school reform plans with the goal that the IPS board could select the best ones to help turn around some of its most troubled schools.
May 30, 2014
Momentum for early learning picking up in Indianapolis
On top of IPS's fast growing preschool program, other high quality options appear poised to create more spaces for Indiana's youngest learners, as the state, public and private entities get more serious about funding preschool.
March 20, 2014
IPS teachers tackle tough questions about pay
As part of an exercise at a meeting sponsored by TeachPlus, each group was given a budget for a fictional urban district with 45,000 students, 3,000 teachers and a $190 million budget, or somewhat bigger than IPS, which has about 30,000 students, 2,800 teachers and a $263 million budget. The challenge was to redesign the way teachers were paid and earned raises by redistributing the way the money was spent. Nearly 150 IPS educators who attended quickly found the task wasn’t easy.
March 19, 2014
IPS fires Hineline as CFO
Indianapolis Public Schools’ chief financial officer, Debbie Hineline, was terminated tonight following recent revelations that the district’s budget deficit was inflated.
March 11, 2014
IPS shocker: $30 million deficit was phony
The $30 million deficit Indianapolis Public Schools has been bemoaning for more than a year doesn’t exist, new Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said today. In fact, Ferebee said, IPS ended 2013 with an $8 million surplus. Based on his own analysis, corroborated by the district’s attorneys and an accountant, Ferebee concluded the deficit was a phantom and speculated that IPS’s prior administration “intentionally overstated expenses to protect our cash balance,” he said.
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