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March 19, 2015
Ferebee calls Cosby's concerns 'myths' as board approves plan for 2 high schools
The Indianapolis Public School Board approved a $2.1 million contract to create "transformation zones" to try to improve two struggling high schools.
March 17, 2015
IPS board supportive of plan for 2 high schools, but Cosby has doubts
The Indianapolis Public School Board will vote Thursday on a $2.1 million contract with Mass Insight to create a "transformation zone" turnaround model in its schools.
February 27, 2015
IPS teachers push for better training during extra work days
Educators say IPS's professional development offerings need to be vastly improved before teachers get on board with the idea of expanding the calendar.
September 29, 2014
In Brown and Echols, choice is a traditional view of IPS or choice-driven reform
Except for two high-poverty schools whose students are achieving high marks on state accountability tests — School 79, graded an A by the stated, and School 109, graded a B, IPS’ fifth district is home to several troubled schools.
September 29, 2014
Michael Brown: Longtime volunteer wants another IPS board term
Michael Brown hopes to defend his school board seat this fall from LaNier Echols, a charter school dean.
August 4, 2014
Middle schools at center of IPS testing woes
For IPS, the annual release of ISTEP scores coincided with the first day of school, and the results prompted something of a reckoning of the state of the district’s offerings, both good and bad.
June 5, 2014
On second try, Ferebee wins approval for principal hires
The Indianapolis Public School Board cleared the way today for Superintendent Lewis Ferebee to hire two principals who were put on hold last week over…
May 28, 2014
Board members balk at Ferebee's principal selection process
During discussions about a new principal hiring protocol that would create a standardized process for leader selection across the IPS district, board members Tuesday evening debated how to incorporate community and parental feedback into the process.
April 23, 2014
Ferebee asks: Where do middle school kids belong?
Since his arrival in Indianapolis seven months ago, IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee has expressed some concerns about the grade configuration and set up of the district's middle and high schools. He spoke about that in an interview with Chalkbeat's Bureau Chief Scott Elliott Monday night at the downtown public library sponsored by WFYI.
April 3, 2014
Academic performance of all IPS schools: Find it here
For parents, students, teachers and others who want to be able to look up just how their schools are performing, and how they've been judged by the state, in one place here is the complete list of all IPS schools.
March 4, 2014
IPS, state watching low scoring schools
Last week Chalkbeat wrote about 11 schools, called “priority schools” by IPS, have been identified by Superintendent Lewis Ferebee as the most troubled because they have been rated an F two consecutive years or because their test scores have trended downward. Each will receive intensive intervention and monitoring from the district. But those are not the only schools the district wants to take a closer look at. Ferebee’s team has two other categories of schools it is tracking: focus schools and state priority schools.
February 27, 2014
These are the 11 IPS schools Ferebee is most worried about
IPS has many needs and lots of schools that Ferebee hopes to turn around. In fact, 38 of the district’s 65 schools are on getting at least some level of extra scrutiny from Ferebee and his administrative team as part of their school improvement effort. Even so, 11 IPS have been named “priority” schools because Ferebee considers them the most troubled. This is where the district is focusing its heaviest attention.
February 26, 2014
IPS board declines to renew contracts for several top administrators
The Indianapolis Public School Board tonight declined to renew the contracts of key department heads in the central office and four principals among 23 total administrators. The recommendation from Superintendent Lewis Ferebee, a late addition to the board’s agenda, will remove some well-known IPS officials from top supervisory posts.
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