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October 29, 2018
Memphis’ only program for adults to get high school diploma gets lifeline from district leaders
The need for programs like adult education programs like The Excel Center is immense in Memphis.
October 22, 2018
Seven Memphis schools could have charters revoked next week
The vote scheduled comes about a month after the state released its “priority list” of schools that performed worst on state tests.
March 20, 2018
Spike in refugee students fuels increase in English language learners at two adult charter schools
The campuses are less than two miles apart.
February 2, 2018
Here are seven Memphis charter schools in danger of closing
Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those scoring low on Shelby County Schools' scorecard automatically begin a review process.
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June 21, 2016
Setting a good example for her own kids drove her to finish high school
"When I was in high school, at Manual High School primarily and Center Grove High School at the end, I didn’t really have people to support me the way I needed."
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June 13, 2016
Years after quitting school for the streets, she wants a job helping kids like her
Chalkbeat journalists ask the people we come across in our work to tell us about their education stories and how learning…
She made it!
June 10, 2016
It took 34 years, but this graduate wouldn’t let anything stop her
Tammy Burrus was attending someone else’s high school graduation last year when she was overcome with emotion. “I could not stop crying at that graduation,”…
December 11, 2015
Number of students overcoming barriers and detours to graduate from Excel Centers is growing fast
Excel opened two new centers and graduated 846 students in 2015.
February 19, 2015
Pence hails charter schools, vouchers at school choice rally
Gov. Mike Pence told a gathering of children from charter and private schools today that education can take them where they want to go in life, as it did for his family.
January 20, 2015
Overtesting concerns could derail bill's proposal for civics exam (updated)
The question of whether Indiana high school graduates should pass a civics test is running up against an emerging concern that Hoosier children are simply…
June 12, 2014
IPS closing down adult education programs
IPS will soon be entirely out of the adult education business. The adult basic education program, which helps nearly 1,000 adults in Marion County each year, will be shifted to other providers, mostly township school districts, starting in July.
June 2, 2014
New charter school's goal: Keep kids from returning to jail
A Marion County judge and the head of the county’s juvenile detention center think a new charter school is the way help kids who have gotten into serious trouble with the law erase that stigma by adding a new, better label: high school graduate. To get there, the school will copycat some elements of a successful chain of dropout recovery high schools run by Goodwill Industries. Those schools, called Excel Centers, have a strong record not only of getting dropouts to earn diplomas but also to garner better paying jobs or even enroll in college. If the approach can work with kids who are in the greatest danger of heading to a life of crime, not only will their futures be improved the entire city can benefit, said Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth.
March 25, 2014
Cleared to expand in Indiana, Excel Centers look to other states, too
Dropout recovery charter schools were cleared to consider new locations across Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law that drops the cap on new schools, but future expansion may not stop at the state border.
January 13, 2014
Lawmakers aim to lift cap on dropout charter schools
Charter schools that aim to help high school dropouts earn diplomas would be back in Indiana’s K-12 school funding formula and a cap on their…
November 25, 2013
Mayor's charter school stable to grow again next year
PHOTO: Tajuana CheshierTindley Renaissance, new mayor-sponsored charter school, opened this fall. (Alan Petersime) Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's ambitious plans to expand his growing charter school portfolio took another step forward last week, as he announced plans to add at least two new schools under his umbrella. Ballard, who sponsored five new schools that opened this year, expects six already approved schools to open next year. Ballard currently sponsors 31 charter schools, along with monitoring four Indianapolis Public Schools in state takeover, for a total enrollment of about 16,000 students. Next year, he expects to be overseeing 42 schools with about 18,000 students, which would mean the schools Ballard leads would have a greater combined enrollment than 10 of the 11 school districts in the city, second only to Indianapolis Public Schools. That's also almost double the 22 schools that were under the mayor's control in 2012. Ballard announced the expansion strategy last year when he has partnered with The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based non-profit that advocates for school choice and other education changes, to create a charter school incubator aimed at attracting high-quality charter school operators to come to, or expand in, the city. Ballard has estimated the effort could seed 20 new charter schools over five years.
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