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January 18, 2016
The basics of Lewis Ferebee: An IPS superintendent pushing hard for change
In some ways, the he has defied expectations after a career working in traditional school systems.
August 19, 2015
Would fewer IPS high schools lead to more advanced courses?
As part of a plan to push for more students to take AP courses, school board members Tuesday discussed the idea of fewer high schools with more students in the future.
August 10, 2015
Hannon resigns IPS board to take a Mind Trust fellowship
Caitlin Hannon, a former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher who joined the school board in an effort to push for change in the district, has stepped down, but she hopes to return to a key role in education in the city soon.
July 21, 2015
Once fast-growing, Homegrown Summer Advantage dwindles to 160 Indianapolis students
Despite what supporters say is a strong track record of success, the once fast-growing program is now fading fast from Indiana. So what happened?
March 27, 2015
Ferebee wins extra pay for grad rates, test scores and entry plan
Ferebee can earn $25,000 per year as part of his contract with the district based on student performance metrics.
January 12, 2015
Ferebee: Low expectations are a stubborn obstacle for IPS
A surprising number of Ferebee's biggest changes so far have connected to that theme of higher expectations — for the administration, for teachers, for students and even for the wider Indianapolis community. But those expectations work both ways. Halfway through his second year leading IPS, questions remain about how well matched Ferebee's ambitions for IPS are to those of a newly-elected, reform-minded school board. He also knows he has work to do to involve parents and grow grassroots level support for his approach.
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.
May 24, 2014
IPS proposal would expand preschool program
The Indianapolis Public School Board will consider expanding its fledgling preschool program to add 200 spots for four year olds by establishing 10 more preschool…
May 15, 2014
Ferebee asks the state board to fire 'lead partners'
Indianapolis Public Schools asked the state Thursday to let it fire outside companies assigned to support three of its troubled high schools. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee argued IPS has its own plan and could do a better job raising test scores at George Washington, Broad Ripple and John Marshall high schools alone.
January 22, 2014
Supporting two charter school bills, IPS signals a new direction (updated)
After years of antagonism, Indianapolis Public Schools is trying out a new approach to charter schools: cooperation. The district, led by new Superintendent…
January 6, 2014
Roof expected to be next IPS board president
Annie Roof appears poised to become the new president of the Indianapolis Public School Board. Several board members said Roof had majority support and was…
October 30, 2013
The basics of Indianapolis Public Schools: A new beginning
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee is pushing for big changes.
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