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Kathleen McLaughlin, Indianapolis Business Journal
As master developer of the former Central State Hospital campus, Mike Higbee always envisioned a grocery store holding down the corner of West Washington Street and Tibbs Avenue. Instead, the first new non-residential building at Central State will be a charter school.
Here are the facts: While charter schools and district schools receive similar amounts of per-pupil funding from the state, only district schools receive local property tax revenue. For example, Indianapolis Public Schools received more than $105 million in 2012 property taxes to pay for transportation and facilities costs.
This past week, serious questions were raised related to the state’s school grading system and the fairness of its implementation. Furthermore, a shadow of doubt has been cast on the hard work of people striving to improve our community’s education system. What has been missing from this conversation is a focus on our children and the long term well-being of our city.
The Tindley Charter Network in Indianapolis has secured $250,000 to help fund major expansion plans for its allgirls middle school. Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust says its donation will allow the network to double the number of students served at Tindley Collegiate.
The only moment of true fear I witnessed at Arlington High School this year had nothing to do with threats or fighting, and it had the happiest possible ending.
It also said a lot about how the school, known last year as a place where learning was hampered by fear and chaos, had changed.
In this case, senior Rahshanda Talbert’s anxiety and tears turned to triumph in a matter of minutes.