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the great divide
August 14, 2018
These five charts illustrate the huge divide between Newark’s magnet and traditional high schools
The city's traditional high schools serve needier students and achieve worse outcomes than its selective magnet schools.
April 25, 2018
Racial tensions flare at Newark’s elite Science Park High School amid debate over admissions policies
The popular magnet school enrolls a smaller share of black students than the district overall. Critics blame its admission rules.
April 20, 2018
On high school match day, two-thirds of Newark eighth graders want magnet schools — but far fewer will get them
Students can apply to up to eight schools, but they only get matched with one. They find out which one on April 20.
February 12, 2018
Indianapolis writer wonders if ‘our discomfort was rooted in prejudice’ when he didn’t get his child’s first school choice
"We simply saw a school with lots of poor kids in a poor neighborhood, and our parental instinct — impulsive, judgmental, illogical — kicked in."
September 13, 2017
‘Tent city’ is ending in Memphis. Will online admissions to prized schools be fairer?
In January, Shelby County Schools will move its process for applying to optional schools completely online, and it's exploring other changes too.
August 23, 2017
With another Butler lab school in the works, the north side is unofficially a magnet magnet
School 55, near 54th Street and College Avenue, would be the second campus to house a Butler lab program.
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.
April 28, 2017
Three Indianapolis schools recognized for diversity, but local efforts to integrate are still underway
Among this year's 244 "National Magnet Schools of Distinction" are Center for Inquiry Schools 2, 27, and 84, all part of the Indianapolis Public Schools district.
October 14, 2016
Study finds explosion in the number of school districts working on integration
“New York has made an important and good start in this effort.”
Indianapolis Schools Divided
September 29, 2016
IPS board approves changes to magnet admission, opening doors to more diverse schools
The district is shrinking the priority boundary and adding later admission deadlines.
Health and Happiness
September 26, 2016
Reading, writing and aerobics: How a popular Indy school uses movement to help kids learn
It's one of the most popular magnet schools in the district.
Indianapolis Schools Divided
September 12, 2016
Map: These neighborhoods get an advantage in magnet school admissions — for now
All IPS magnet schools have proximity boundaries.
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.
July 26, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools considers move to diversify top schools
The district could shrink the proximity zones that give some students priority in the magnet lottery.
July 5, 2016
At some Indianapolis magnet schools, racial divides are by design
District officials defend School 84 as a critical piece of a plan to keep affluent whites from leaving IPS, a problem faced by urban districts across the United States.
What's your education story?
December 22, 2015
School was a refuge, where she escaped neighborhood crime and fear
Andrea Hunley is in her fourth year as principal of Indianapolis Public School 2, a Center for Inquiry magnet school.
December 14, 2015
Lawrence Township spent $12 million on all-magnet school overhaul but most kids stay put
Five years after the district converted all of its elementary schools to magnet schools, Lawrence Township is committed to keeping the magnets going.
October 27, 2015
IPS delays move of arts program after call for 30-day waiting period
A board member called for a 30-day waiting period before IPS takes actions to make major changes to schools in the wake of a plan to move an arts magnet program.
May 28, 2014
Survey shows divide in opinion about IPS
Students, parents and staff of Indianapolis Public Schools expressed strong confidence on a survey that the district has a solid expectations and instruction but less than a majority were certain students come out ready for college and careers. But community and business leaders, who have perhaps a less direct connections to the schools, were more skeptical the district was doing a good job.
October 30, 2013
The basics of Indianapolis Public Schools: A new beginning
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is pushing for big changes.
February 18, 2009
The flip side of "creaming": What happens to the bottom ten?
A major downside to opening up boutique schools with special programs and higher expectations is that some children will inevitably be left behind. What becomes…
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