Indianapolis Public Schools

Voters living within the IPS, Speedway, and Warren Township school districts will consider school tax measures in the May primary election.
Innovation schools, which are autonomous schools mostly run by charter operators, have the biggest slice of the district’s budget for next year.
District leaders say the repairs and improvements will make schools safer and more welcoming for students.
The Near Eastside Innovation School Corporation, which will run School 14, also runs Thomas Gregg School 15 as an autonomous Innovation school.
The Rebuilding Stronger plan had been in limbo after the school board delayed a vote to ask voters for $413.6 million in new taxes in May.
The autonomous Innovation school withdrew its plan to expand to James Whitcomb Riley School 43 next school year.
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Legislation at the statehouse could deepen the divide between Indianapolis Public Schools and charters.
Parents, students and staff allege a toxic environment at Edison School of the Arts and call on the school’s board to make changes.
Democrats have tried but failed to tweak the bill, which would make it easier for charter schools to take advantage of the so-called $1 law.
The Indiana attorney general’s finding is a win for Indianapolis Public Schools. But state lawmakers are considering stiffening the law that forces districts to sell unused buildings to charter operators.
Under current state law, charters do not receive a portion of the funding that districts can collect from property taxes
In a video, Superintendent Aleesia Johnson called the Rebuilding Stronger setback “an unfortunate delay” and questioned why IPS is repeatedly asked to be “more creative with already strained resources.”
The partnership allows 25 Crispus Attucks High School students to take courses as Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania
The district hopes to increase proficiency levels to 50% by 2025 using tools from tutoring to curriculum changes.
The powerful business group was influential in the district’s previous successful tax increase in 2018.
The updated proposal offers charters within the Indianapolis Public Schools Innovation Network $9.7 million, higher than the initial $6.4 million.
The board’s seven members have received support from groups associated with education reform principles like school choice.
The complaints allege that the district failed to notify the state Department of Education of six buildings slated to close at the end of 2022-23.
Indianapolis Public Schools heads into winter break without consensus on an operating referendum that must be certified for the ballot by Feb. 17.
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Twenty-three schools would receive from $1.8 million to $61 million for building improvements if voters pass a $410 million capital referendum. See the full list.
The IPS school board voted to make School 43 an innovation arts school, and to renew an innovation agreement with the Matchbook Learning charter school.
The move to transform School 43 into an arts school is part of the district’s broader Rebuilding Stronger plan, which aims to increase academic opportunities for students of color.
The board is slated to vote later this month on another ballot item to fund things like expanded academic programs.
While charters affiliated with Indianapolis Public Schools would get a cut of new revenue, independent charters would not.
The district’s decision to close six schools in 2023 could leave buildings available to charter school operators for $1.
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