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January 11, 2018
Who supports Indianapolis Public Schools’ bid for more money? It’s not clear.
The referendums would increase school funding by as much as $936 million over eight years.
December 11, 2017
Millions of extra dollars go to Indianapolis magnet schools that have fewer poor students
More than $6.5 million extra is going 17 schools — including the district’s most affluent campuses.
December 11, 2017
IPS’ new budget plan is supposed to give more money to poor schools. Here’s how it works.
Many schools with needy students still got less from the district than schools with more middle-class students.
November 30, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools will likely ask taxpayers for $936 million for teacher pay, construction
If approved by the school board next month, the request would be placed on the 2018 primary ballot on May 8.
November 21, 2017
IPS students have made their high school choices. Here’s where they want to go.
Students’ choices this year could have far-reaching implications for the configuration of the district for years to come.
November 16, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools board gives superintendent Ferebee raise, bonus
The board voted unanimously to approve both.
November 15, 2017
These two Indianapolis schools could be the latest innovation restarts
The district has restarted four neighborhood schools as innovation schools in an effort to improve academic performance and state grades.
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.
October 6, 2017
How Indiana’s A-F rules created a two-tiered system that benefits innovation schools
It raises the question of whether grades that were supposed to be easy for parents to understand are too distorted to be clear.
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 after…
September 28, 2017
Hired: Indianapolis Public Schools chooses principals to help ‘reinvent’ high schools
All four principals are current IPS staffers.
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.
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 2, 2017
Ferebee’s second in command to leave Indianapolis for D.C.
Wanda Legrand joined the administration along with Ferebee in 2013.
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 28, 2017
Broad Ripple is one of three Indianapolis high schools facing closure
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee’s proposal would spare the four high schools at the core of the district.
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 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.
April 28, 2017
IPS broke its own rules to work with a for-profit charter operator. Now it’s having second thoughts.
The district is responsible for Emma Donnan Elementary School's — so far low — test scores.
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
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders want to look beyond state grades to identify struggling schools. These 7 schools will test the new approach.
In the past, the district has largely decided which schools to overhaul by looking at the schools' state grades.
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 15, 2017
No new middle school for the west side after plans for an innovative model crumble
The school was intended to be an innovation school partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.
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.
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.
January 24, 2017
IPS outlines a plan: a restart for School 42 and a reprieve for two other schools
The board plans to discuss the three schools at its meeting 6 p.m. Thursday.
November 17, 2016
IPS superintendent’s pay check goes up — even as test scores go down
The same day the public learned that test scores fell at the vast majority of Indianapolis Public Schools, Superintendent Lewis Ferebee got a $26,999 bonus.
Indianapolis Schools Divided
September 20, 2016
Will new lottery rules diversify IPS magnet schools?
The board will vote on the proposal next week.
college and career transitions
September 15, 2016
A military high school in Indianapolis? That’s one option IPS officials are pitching
The school board has had a mixed response.
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 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 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 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.
April 28, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools approves newcomer school, two innovation schools
All three schools will launch this fall.
April 26, 2016
Indy “innovation” school aims to send high schoolers abroad
Innovation fellows will receive funding and support to create new schools in Indianapolis.
March 21, 2016
More Indy students will solve challenges, mysteries as project-based STEM courses expand
Indianapolis Public Schools wins $250k grant to dramatically expand Project Lead the Way program.
March 10, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools taps savings to pay for big changes
With state funding cuts and new spending, the district expects a $12.6 million deficit this year.
March 7, 2016
Indianapolis Public Schools seeks better way to grade teachers
Critics say the district’s current teacher rating system gives too many high marks, doesn’t reflect poor test scores.
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 22, 2016
With School 43 'about to implode,' IPS promises extra support
The principal resigned without notice last Tuesday and community members say the school lacks stability.
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.
February 4, 2016
IPS tells its teachers: the wait for extra pay is almost over
Teachers will receive raises and back pay this month, officials said.
February 2, 2016
This Near Eastside neighborhood wants to define 'innovation' in its IPS schools
If the plan goes forward, it would be the first neighborhood-managed innovation school in IPS, which is working with outside partners to turnaround several other schools.
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