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Indy high schools struggled on the 2016 ISTEP, but these 10 were on top

Chalkbeat

Mayor-sponsored charters Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, Hope Academy, and Herron High School were among Indy’s top-performing high schools on the 2016 ISTEP.

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These 10 Indy schools have the most students passing the 2016 ISTEP

Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat compiled a list of the ten highest-performing schools in Indianapolis. Mayor-sponsored charter Paramount School of Excellence was among them.

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SENSE raising money to replace old playground

WISH-TV

An Indianapolis charter school is hoping to raise money to replace what teachers are calling an old and unsafe playground. Teachers at Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence or SENSE said the condition of the playground is so bad it has been sitting empty for at least five years.

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Enroll Indy launches new website

Chalkbeat

By late November, a new nonprofit organization, Enroll Indy, will open a school-information center within the IPS central office and unveil a website with details on school options, according to its founder Caitlin Hannon. The information center will not be officially involved in enrollment this year. Instead, staffers will focus on helping parents navigate the application process and the new website. The prospect of a unified system has also won strong support from some local charter leaders and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation, which oversees most of the charter schools in the city.

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Critics say lack of diversity in state dual language policy is missed opportunity

Chalkbeat

When Mariama Carson was a teacher in Pike Township, she saw firsthand how the heritage of her Spanish-speaking students was constantly being brushed to the side as they were encouraged to learn English.

“What we were doing was pushing down anything other than English,” said Carson. “We have students who are native Spanish-speakers who cannot read or write or send an email or text correctly to their own family members. That is wrong.”So Carson decided to do something about it: She created a dual language school called Global Prep Academy where kids would learn half the day in English and half the day in Spanish as a new innovation charter school in Indianapolis Public Schools.

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Purdue Polytechnic High School announces location

WISH-TV

Purdue University announced a new partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and its Polytechnic High School, which is coming to Indy next fall. Officials also revealed the new school will take over the former PR Mallory Building on Washington and Rural Streets. The school is chartered by the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office.

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Purdue high school to focus on STEM

WFYI

Purdue University is launching a STEM-focused charter high school in Indianapolis with the goal of getting more inner-city graduates ready for college or head directly into a career. The 9-12 school is scheduled to open next year on the city’s Eastside and will offer project-based learning in the STEM-fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Graduates who meet Purdue’s admission requirements will be a top choice for enrollment.

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PR Mallory Building to get new life as Purdue Polytechnic High School

IBJ

The long-abandoned P.R. Mallory factory on the east side of Indianapolis will get new life now that Purdue University has chosen to locate its new polytechnic high school at the facility.

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Purdue Polytechnic High School to spark transformation

Inside Indiana Business

An abandoned industrial complex on the east side of Indianapolis will be the home of Purdue University’s STEM-focused charter school scheduled to open next year. The university has also announced a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools in hopes of attracting a diverse student body to Purdue Polytechnic High School. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the school will spark an “economic transformation” on the east side, expecting it to bring residential, commercial and retail development to the area.

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