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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.
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.
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.
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 13, 2016
IPS names newest board member: A Center for Inquiry parent who speaks Spanish fluently
The current board chose Dorene Rodriguez Hoops by a 4-2 vote to fill the vacancy created by LaNier Echols’ surprise resignation last month.
September 29, 2016
The story behind the mysterious group aiming to shake up the IPS school board race
The group is largely active online but has also co-sponsored school board candidate forums.
September 8, 2016
Fewer affluent kids will have an edge in magnet school admissions under likely IPS diversity plan
The board will discuss the plan at its meeting later this month.
August 23, 2016
IPS reverses course on School 43 plan that ‘blindsided’ community leaders
The district halted a proposal to make it a magnet school with a focus on physical activity.
August 4, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools considers letting high schoolers sleep in
IPS board members are calling for a later start time for high school students.
July 11, 2016
IPS leaders debate: Is keeping white students from leaving part of their strategy?
District leaders react to the Chalkbeat, Indianapolis Star and WFYI series on segregation.
Hold your horses
July 5, 2016
A unified enrollment system for Indianapolis schools? Not so fast, IPS board members say on Facebook
After advocates sent the Star a letter celebrating unified enrollment, board members said they were surprised by the timeline.
June 2, 2016
How Indianapolis Public Schools nearly eliminated its substitute crisis overnight
The new approach doubled substitute fill rates but there's a price tag.
April 28, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools approves newcomer school, two innovation schools
All three schools will launch this fall.
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.
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.
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 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 10, 2015
Rich school, poor school: IPS push to even out funding could bring big changes
A new budgeting system designed to increase equity and autonomy could put pressure on schools with experienced teachers.
October 29, 2015
IPS board votes to close Key school, approve school autonomy plan
Key Learning Community’s historic run as the world’s first schools built on curriculum inspired by the theory of Multiple Intelligences will come to an end this spring.
October 19, 2015
IPS board to consider closing Key Learning Community among school shifts
Key Learning Academy, a Indianapolis school world-famous as the first built on a modern psychological theory of Multiple Intelligences, seems poised to meet its end.
October 13, 2015
Fast-growing religious alternative schools hit a speed bump with IPS
The Crossing is a network of 28 accredited private Christian schools that cater specifically to students who struggled at other schools, were expelled or dropped out.
September 22, 2015
IPS might outsource athletic director job and oversight of sports programs
IPS is considering outsourcing the role of district athletic director to a nonprofit group run by the former head of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
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 21, 2015
A question of fairness: Weighted budgeting would affect IPS teachers, students
Indianapolis Public Schools is contemplating a major overhaul in the way it distributes money to schools, which could have a big impact on where teachers are assigned, how much support schools receive and how evenly operational dollars are split up.
July 28, 2015
IPS aims to scale back suspensions and expulsions
Teachers will get guidance on how to interpret the new student code of conduct.
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.
June 25, 2015
IPS teachers protest $125K salary for new 'talent officer'
Changes are designed to help the district recruit and retain teachers.
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
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 22, 2015
Casual Sunday IPS board meeting or 'travesty' of public access?
It was supposed to be a different kind of meeting for the Indianapolis Public School Board — a casual Sunday afternoon work session for the board to…
March 19, 2015
Ferebee calls Cosby's concerns 'myths' as board approves plan for 2 high schools
The Indianapolis Public School Board approved a $2.1 million contract to create "transformation zones" to try to improve two struggling high schools.
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.
January 6, 2015
New IPS school board chooses Diane Arnold as president
The Indianapolis Public School Board unanimously elected longtime board member Diane Arnold tonight as its president. Arnold will reprise a role she played in…
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 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…
November 7, 2014
New IPS board has big moves in mind
Newly elected Indianapolis Public School Board members say they will quickly push for new strategies next year, but they aren't yet saying what those strategies will be. At least one board member who was defeated said he is so worried about the district's future that he plans to take an active "watch dog" role as a citizen observer of the new board.
IPS ELECTION 2014
November 4, 2014
Challengers crush all three IPS school board members in election
All three incumbent IPS school board members were defeated in a landslide election Tuesday night.
IPS school board race
November 3, 2014
Election preview: IPS candidates battle for control of school board
Incumbents Annie Roof, Michael Brown and Samantha Adair-White — who are asking for voters to give them another four years to serve the district — each face stiff competition for their seats from candidates who are drawing in tens of thousands of dollars from contributors, and who say they are in favor of more aggressive reforms for the district, such as partnering with charter schools and giving principals more autonomy to fix failing schools.
October 23, 2014
IPS board candidates diverge over charter schools, other changes
Dividing lines began to emerge Thursday among the 10 candidates seeking three Indianapolis Public School Board seats at a candidate forum. The event, held at the Central Library and presented by the education news website Chalkbeat Indiana in conjunction with the library and WFYI public television, featured the candidates answering questions from Chalkbeat’s bureau chief Scott Elliott and from an audience of about 100 people.
October 17, 2014
Who's giving money to IPS school board candidates?
IPS school board challengers who are in favor of school reforms such as increased autonomy for principals, revamping teacher pay and partnering with charter schools, have raised money that dwarfs fundraising by the incumbent board members they hope to unseat.
October 13, 2014
Samantha Adair-White: IPS is making progress that matters
Samantha Adair-White is running this fall to keep her District 3 seat, and is challenged by Kelly Bentley, her predecessor, and charter school employee James Turner.
October 13, 2014
Kelly Bentley: IPS needs to meet public's demand for great schools
(Chalkbeat talked with the 10 candidates running for a spot on the Indianapolis Public Schools board about their backgrounds, educational philosophies, and why and…
October 13, 2014
James Turner: Athletics can help IPS save more kids
James Turner is running against incumbent IPS school board member Samantha Adair-White and challenger Kelly Bentley.
October 13, 2014
Adair-White, Bentley and Turner differ on North side school issues
Managing the dynamics of IPS's diverse third district, which stretches from X to X, will be a critical issue for the elected school board member to manage. It is unique because it's home to some of the most affluent neighborhoods in Indianapolis, including the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, where few residents send their kids to IPS schools past middle school.
October 7, 2014
Introducing Chalkbeat's interactive IPS election tracker
Chalkbeat's interactive election tracker allows voters to learn more about the 10 IPS school board candidates, and easily compare and contrast candidates based on their views on IPS issues.
IPS school board race
October 6, 2014
Chalkbeat's IPS school board survey: Where the candidates stand
Chalkbeat asked the 10 candidates running for a seat this fall on the Indianapolis Public School Board where they stand on the issues in a survey, and their responses are in. The election, which is already drawing big dollars from candidates, is Nov. 4 and the deadline to register to vote is today.
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.
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