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November 9, 2017
One website, no waitlists: Indianapolis rolls out one application for district and charter schools
With OneMatch, families will be able to apply for more than 50 charter and Indianapolis Public School district schools through the same website.
November 7, 2017
Trump’s immigration policies leave empty seats at an Indianapolis school
When the Indianapolis Public Schools newcomer program opened its doors last year, there was a burst of enrollment, with new students trickling in throughout…
November 2, 2017
Choice is shaping IPS, as thousands of families enroll their children in private, charter and township schools
Last year, about 16,172 students who lived within IPS boundaries attended charter schools, traditional public schools in other districts or private schools with vouchers.
October 30, 2017
Thousands of Indianapolis high schoolers are applying for school as district goes all magnet
The district is pushing teens to choose their campus based on academic focus rather than neighborhood.
September 29, 2017
One in five Indianapolis Public Schools students now attend an innovation school
This fall, more than 7,800 Indianapolis Public Schools students walked into schools run by outside managers, rather than the district. Less than three years…
September 22, 2017
How a new principal led her neighborhood school to the biggest ISTEP gains in Indianapolis Public Schools
Passing rates on the state math and English tests jumped nearly 10 percentage points.
September 20, 2017
Breaking: High school teachers across Indianapolis Public Schools may need to reapply for their jobs
The announcement came less than 24 hours after the IPS board approved a plan to close three high schools.
September 18, 2017
It’s final: Indianapolis Public Schools Board approves plan to close high schools
While board members framed the decision as painful, but unavoidable, many in the crowd laughed, murmured and occasionally yelled in skepticism.
September 13, 2017
The award-winning principal of Indianapolis Public Schools’ largest high school was abruptly replaced
Julie Bakehorn was replaced as head of Arsenal Technical High School this week.
August 31, 2017
Northwest students plead with Indianapolis Public Schools to keep their school open
About 150 people sat in the vast auditorium.
August 30, 2017
Northwest High School serves one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Here’s why it will probably become a middle school.
The newcomer program would also move to the Northwest building.
August 29, 2017
Arlington alumni implore the Indianapolis Public Schools Board: ‘Don’t give up on the students and staff’
But a handful of people also spoke in support of the district plan.
August 28, 2017
This could be the last year for Arlington High School after years of turmoil. Here’s what you should know.
A district proposal would convert the campus to a middle school next fall.
August 24, 2017
To keep Indianapolis high schools from closing, advocates encourage Northwest parents to tell school board: “Don’t sell off our district”
“We need you to start fighting for your young people,” Carrie Harris, an alumna of Crispus Attucks, told parents at Northwest on Wednesday night.
August 21, 2017
‘Fall was a big buildup of school spirit’: A Northwest alumnus remembers pep rallies, school plays, and some tension along the way, too.
Want to share your own memories from Arlington, Broad Ripple, John Marshall, or Northwest? Fill out this form.
August 16, 2017
As traditional schools close, are innovation schools the future for Indianapolis high schoolers?
Three high schools joined the innovation network this fall.
August 16, 2017
This Arlington alumnus remembers a strong and supportive high school community. Now he wants the chance to pay it forward.
In September, the board of Indianapolis Public Schools will vote on a proposal to close four high schools in the district. Chalkbeat is…
August 2, 2017
Howe and Manual will stay open three more years under the management of CSUSA
The chronically failing schools were part of Indianapolis Public Schools until they were taken over by the state in 2012.
July 31, 2017
With high schools facing closure, Indianapolis Public Schools teachers could get $5,000 to stay for the year
Teachers hired more recently would be eligible for $2,500.
July 31, 2017
High fives and storytime welcome students back at two Indianapolis Public Schools
The crowd shouted encouragement to the students – “4.0! 4.0 this year!” one man chanted.
July 26, 2017
Hundreds of teachers will be displaced by Indianapolis high school closing plan
The IPS administration says most teaching positions will be moved, not cut.
July 18, 2017
Hundreds gather at Broad Ripple High School to plead for the school to stay open
Dozens of people spoke during a public comment period that lasted about an hour and a half.
July 17, 2017
Broad Ripple High School will probably close next year. Here’s what you should know.
Broad Ripple is one of three IPS high schools slated to close at the end of the year.
July 14, 2017
Watch: Indianapolis Public Schools’ optimistic pitch for closing high schools
The 2:20 minute video starts with an explanation of why the administration thinks three high schools should be closed.
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.
July 10, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders want to close high schools. But first, they need permission from the state.
Five schools that would be affected by the district’s high school closing and reconfiguration plan are under state oversight.
June 30, 2017
At painful meeting, Indianapolis superintendent makes case for closing high schools: ‘The status quo is not good enough’
The room was crowded with alumni, families and staff from the schools facing closure.
June 27, 2017
Dozens rally to protest closing high schools in Indianapolis Public Schools
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee will announce Wednesday which three of the seven high schools the administration recommends closing.
June 23, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools is about to reveal which high schools are likely to close. Here’s what you should know.
The administration recommendation will also include plans for where magnet programs at closed schools could move and what might happen to the vacant buildings.
June 21, 2017
Indiana school districts receive grants to train math and science teachers
Grant recipients will work with universities, foundations, and other local institutions to help educators improve their teaching strategies and knowledge.
June 5, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools names Teacher of the Year, a librarian dedicated to finding a story for every student
Each day, she spends a few hours reading blogs and roving for titles online.
May 25, 2017
One of the top ranked high schools in the state just joined Indianapolis Public Schools
The move is the latest example of district collaboration with charter schools, which were seen in the past as rivals for students.
May 23, 2017
IPS plan to keep students interested in school? Give them career training
The new model would replace traditional neighborhood high schools with magnet schools that house several career or academic focus areas.
May 15, 2017
As Indianapolis leaders choose which high schools to close, some campuses are in more danger than others.
The district has outlined an expansive list of criteria to determine the fate of its high schools.
May 10, 2017
Indianapolis charter operator wants to take on an epic task: Managing all the struggling Gary elementary schools
Phalen Leadership Academies is part of a team bidding to be the state's manager for a takeover of Gary schools.
April 27, 2017
Closing Indianapolis high schools? Parents and alumni plead ‘slow down’
About 150 people packed into a room at the Glendale Library to discuss a proposal to close three high schools in the district.
April 25, 2017
Pulitzer-Prize winning author tells Indianapolis students a story some know well — of the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S.
Nazario wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper series about a boy who traveled alone from Honduras to the United States to reunite with his mother.
March 31, 2017
As Purdue prepares to open a high school this fall, leaders are already talking about a network
Purdue Polytechnic High School will open this fall in Indianapolis with 150 freshmen.
March 20, 2017
Which high schools are going to close in Indianapolis? Here’s the timeline
IPS expects to have more than twice as many seats as high school students by next fall.
March 17, 2017
Days after DeVos touts Indianapolis’s ‘innovation schools’ initiative, three more schools are added
The board voted on School 15, School 42 and Avondale Meadows Middle School.
March 13, 2017
Sought-after charter Herron High School could be the latest to join the Indianapolis innovation network
Since IPS began creating innovation schools two years ago, the program has swiftly expanded.
March 13, 2017
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says Indianapolis’s ‘innovation schools’ should be a national model
In Betsy DeVos's dream world, more schools would operate the way one in Indianapolis hopes to.
March 2, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools is closing high schools. Here are the biggest questions facing district leaders.
The district expects to have more than twice as many high school seats as students by next fall.
February 22, 2017
A neighborhood-led school will make its pitch to the Indianapolis Public Schools board
If the board approves the plan, the school would join a growing group of “innovation schools” that are still part of IPS but have the freedom of charter schools.
February 21, 2017
This mom came to the newcomer school ready to stand up for son. She left with a job.
A native of the Congo, Charlotte Uwimbabazi fled the war-torn country about a decade ago. Last spring, Uwimbabazi and her four children came to the U.S. as refugees.
February 16, 2017
Indianapolis is experimenting with a new kind of teacher — and it’s transforming this school
School 107 is one of six district schools piloting a program that allows principals to pay experienced teachers as much as $18,000 extra each year.
February 13, 2017
They waited years to come to America. Now, this Indianapolis school is teaching them how to succeed here
For Mbeomo and Tosha Msambilwa, moving to Indiana marked the beginning of journey: Learning English.
February 3, 2017
Should undocumented students be afraid? These are their rights.
The election of Donald Trump has ignited fear among undocumented students and those who have undocumented relatives.
February 2, 2017
Newest member of Indianapolis school board says “I have two ears and I am willing to listen”
Dorene Rodriguez Hoops is a first-generation Mexican American and the mother of a son with special needs. She is also the only current IPS parent on the board.
January 26, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools is trying new strategies to reduce absenteeism. They’re working
School districts across the country are paying extra attention to improving attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism in recent years.
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