District management

Some advocacy groups downplay the role of big campaign spending, but others see a chilling effect.
Indiana reported an 8.5 percentage point drop in reading scores on state tests among third graders learning English.
Eight districts across Indiana have referendums on the ballot this November.
Two of Hope Hampton’s biggest financial backers are political action committees linked to the education advocacy groups RISE Indy and Stand for Children Indiana.
A voter-approved tax increase could pay for construction projects included in the plan.
The Pike Township candidates will seek to stabilize the district after a tumultuous year that included staff protests and declining test scores.
Proposed changes include four enrollment zones, seven school closures and grade changes at 39 schools.
The during-school virtual tutoring will focus on K-2 literacy at the district’s low-performing schools emerging schools, but could expand to other grade levels.
School officials hope that Indiana’s low unemployment rate and growing home values will convince voters to pass property tax increases in the May election.
Teacher raises in IPS signal an end to larger raises of the past two years. Support staff will get 2% raises, with more for instructional assistants
Indianapolis school district officials are shrinking class sizes, making more small learning groups, and hiring extra teachers
Indianapolis Public Schools families raise safety concerns over busing cuts during a district town hall.
A bailout that would give Gary Community Schools $71.2 million and its teachers a raise was leading in vote tally late Tuesday night.
Months after Perry Township opened an investigation into teachers, students have seen no changes. That and what they perceive as the administration’s previous inaction show the difficulty in rooting out institutionalized racism and changing a culture that students said tolerated racist behavior for years.
Even in schools and districts that are offering virtual programs, it’s unclear how many teachers will be dedicated to remote instruction and whether those positions will go to teachers who are high risk.
Indianapolis school leaders size up costs of reopening in the fall and paying for additional safety precautions against the coronavirus.
About 78% of students came to school Monday after the superintendent’s office made a last-minute announcement that buses would be running.
Five years into Indianapolis Public Schools’ unconventional partnerships with charter operators, the district appears likely to renew its first contracts amid some positive initial results.
IPS is holding six meetings billed as opportunities to learn about the district’s priorities and weigh-in ahead of a new strategic plan.
A southern Indiana school district will make its case to state education leaders on Wednesday for splitting into two after decades of growing animosity.
Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Aleesia Johnson emphasized stronger community engagement during her first “State of the District” speech.
Johnson, 41, will be paid about $250,000 next year and receive the same retirement and health insurance benefits as other administrators.
In real terms, Aleesia Johnson’s salary will be comparable to Ferebee’s initial pay.
Johnson’s appointment to lead the state’s largest system solidifies its high-profile transformation into a district that works hand-in-hand with charter school operators.
The school board president is performing more due diligence before the board offers the position.
Indianapolis Public Schools has said it hopes to name a new superintendent from among the finalists by the end of June.
In letters submitted with their applications, the three finalists explained why they want to become superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.