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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.
July 27, 2015
Mind Trust gets $125K donation to bolster IPS fellowships
Despite key losses, the group still plans to overhaul 9 IPS schools.
July 20, 2015
A third of George Washington High School's teachers won't return
Twenty of the embattled West side school's 56 teachers won't be returning when school starts back up Aug. 3.
July 16, 2015
$2.2 million from Feds will support IPS’ George Washington High School
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center is one of George Washington High School’s nearly 70 community partners.
July 13, 2015
What will school autonomy mean for IPS?
Indianapolis could be the latest district to follow a national trend toward more independent schools.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
June 25, 2015
IPS teachers protest $125K salary for new 'talent officer'
Changes are designed to help the district recruit and retain teachers.
June 24, 2015
Idea of one enrollment system for IPS, charters gaining traction
School and community leaders from IPS, KIPP, and La Plaza discussed the pros and cons of an open enrollment system at a Teach Plus-sponsored event.
June 23, 2015
IPS starts summer with 300 teacher, staff vacancies
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said he is concerned about the looming challenge of filling the spots before school starts.
June 18, 2015
Purdue plans high-tech Indianapolis charter high school
Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School would serve as a direct pipeline delivering more well-qualified IPS students to the West Lafayette university.
June 16, 2015
IPS ends Bridges to Success student support program
Bridges to Success, which helped more than 9,000 students in 20 IPS schools with basic needs like tutoring, mentoring and eye exams, is going away next year.
June 9, 2015
IPS boarding school among innovation ideas that faded
Two of three school ideas from the first crop of innovation fellows supported by The Mind Trust won't move ahead.
June 5, 2015
IPS board to Ferebee: Discontinue 7-12 high schools
Instead, board members said they want to see well-developed middle grades programs form at IPS's elementary schools.
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 lays off 14 bilingual assistants among 44 job cuts
The move comes as IPS tries to reduce its spending on central services.
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 28, 2015
Ferebee: IPS teachers can expect a raise next year
Whether it could be part of a bigger overhaul of pay scales and benefits that could offer teachers more pay for different job duties wasn't shared.
May 18, 2015
College Summit leaving Indiana after fundraising, expansion woes
A popular college readiness program is leaving Indianapolis after eight years but hopes to return some day.
May 15, 2015
IPS restores instrumental music offerings to schools
IPS has reversed its decision to cut some instrumental music programs next year.
May 15, 2015
Survey: Marion County teachers not satisfied with training
Indianapolis schools spent more than $11 million last year on teacher training, but a new survey suggests that most teachers aren't satisfied with it.
May 13, 2015
Music cutbacks at some IPS schools anger parents
The changes mean each elementary school will have one full-time music teacher. But some programs will be cut.
May 13, 2015
Mike Pence's 2015 education agenda: Wins, losses and consolation prizes
Some of Pence’s goals resulted in new laws, but others were gutted along the way or changed so much that they had a passing resemblance to what he originally pushed for.
May 12, 2015
Kenyan private schools inspire $100,000 idea for Indianapolis
The teams will spend the next year or two years developing ideas and could eventually operate an IPS school.
May 8, 2015
Video: Advocates for English learners discuss challenges of teaching immigrant students
If you missed the "New City, New Language, New School" program organized by Chalkbeat, WFYI and the Indianapolis Star at the Indianapolis Public Library, watch it here.
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?"
April 28, 2015
Foundations pledge millions for IPS school, neighborhood
School 103, the struggling school on Indianapolis's East side that will next year be run by Phalen Leadership Academy, is about to get an unexpected surge of extra cash.
April 28, 2015
Poor districts still losing aid as state budget nears completion
Indianapolis Public Schools, and other high poverty school districts, will take a big financial hit under a compromise state budget plan proposed today, but it could have been worse.
April 23, 2015
Indiana superintendents rail against proposed school funding changes
The superintendents talked about a variety of issues facing Indiana schools, from funding to segregation to school choice.
April 22, 2015
IPS struggles to bridge the gap with language learners and their families
Indianapolis Public Schools is soon to undertake a similar reconsideration: system-wide rethinking of the way it assists English language learners.
April 19, 2015
‘One-way street’ for immigrant integration in schools
Schools focus on English learners but often overlook cultural understanding of their U.S.-born classmates.
April 1, 2015
State board rules IPS can manage Arlington, share Donnan
Indianapolis Public Schools today gained back a measure of control over two of its former schools that have been run independently after state takeover in 2012.
March 30, 2015
IPS teachers push for more pay through 'Elevate IPS'
Elevate IPS is a new movement of both union and nonunion IPS teachers hoping for a raise next year.
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 17, 2015
IPS board supportive of plan for 2 high schools, but Cosby has doubts
The Indianapolis Public School Board will vote Thursday on a $2.1 million contract with Mass Insight to create a "transformation zone" turnaround model in its schools.
March 17, 2015
Kroger expands School 46 support, add John Marshall High School
Ferebee said he is grateful for the continued support of the company in his effort to match Indiana businesses with struggling schools.
March 12, 2015
IPS to manage Arlington, but it will remain in state takeover
The Indiana State Board of Education today unanimously voted to let Indianapolis Public Schools manage Arlington High School, but the school will remain in state takeover
March 10, 2015
Indiana superintendents praise funding hike but worry about poor schools
Indiana superintendents have a message for state budget-makers: All schools need more funding, but it can’t come at the expense of the state’s poorest districts. The…
March 10, 2015
State funding debate makes IPS budgeting 'murky'
Why did IPS present a proposed operating budget at a public hearing Monday night that holds state revenue mostly steady from last year?
February 27, 2015
3 IPS high schools will get new principals next year
Principals from three of Indianapolis Public Schools' high schools are among nearly two dozen administrators whose contracts were not renewed this week by the district.
February 18, 2015
Butler looks to expand its IPS partnership to Shortridge
Indianapolis Public Schools may partner with Butler University to deliver its International Baccalaureate program at Shortridge High School next year.
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 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 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.
January 21, 2015
Ferebee wants IPS teachers to work five more days
Indianapolis Public Schools teachers say Superintendent Lewis Ferebee's plan to improve instruction by adding five training days to the calendar starting next school year will end up costing them.
January 15, 2015
Community responds: Plan to merge Arlington, John Marshall raises concerns
The Indianapolis Public School Board pitched an idea in September to merge Arlington and John Marshall high schools, but at a public feedback meeting Wednesday, several speakers said they were against the idea.
January 14, 2015
IPS ended 2014 with a $4.1 million surplus despite less state aid
Indianapolis Public Schools weathered a deep $10 million cut in state aid last year but still finished 2014 with a small $4.1 million surplus it put toward savings. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said it took $5 million in new budget cuts last year to produce that savings. IPS spent $232.5 million from its genral fund, which pays for day-to-day operating costs like salaries, benefits, learning materials and utilities.
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 9, 2014
Merging with John Marshall is IPS' top choice for Arlington's future
If it was up to Indianapolis Public Schools, the district would opt to merge John Marshall and Arlington high schools for the 2015-16 school year.
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