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Central Indiana schools dominate U.S. News list of state’s top high schools

IndyStar

Herron High School, a public charter, was the highest-ranked school in Indiananapolis, and third-highest in the state.

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Tindley holds special pep rally for ISTEP

RTV6

The staff at Tindley Collegiate Academy put an invitation on Facebook asking women from the community to come to a special ISTEP pep rally at the middle school. They had a huge response. More than 100 moms, working women and leaders from the community came out to show their support.

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Tindley dominates list of top 10 Indy charters passing ISTEP

Chalkbeat

Four of the top 10 Indianapolis charter schools for passing ISTEP were part of the Tindley network.

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Indy charters say restored Title I funding is too little, too late

Chalkbeat

The state recently updated school Title I federal poverty aid amounts, showing big increases for some charters. The problem stemmed from errors made by the state Department of Education, which did not calculate poverty aid for charter schools based on the prior year’s funding as the law requires, federal officials said.

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Limited funding means thousands of low-income Indy kids won’t get preschool scholarships

Chalkbeat

Thousands of Indianapolis families vying for preschool scholarships will be disappointed this spring. More than 4,200 hundred children applied for spots in a program that’s expected to serve about 1,600 kids. With studies showing that whether a child enrolls in preschool is an influential predictor of school readiness and long-term success, interest in a program that covers tuition for low-income three- and four-year-olds in Indiana has vastly outpaced the number of vouchers available.

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The Mind Trust adds two education leaders

Inside Indiana Business

Kristin Hines, who has served as Director of the Office of Education Innovation since July 2015, has accepted a position with The Mind Trust, where she will oversee school incubation.

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IPS adds schools to innovation program, reshaping district

IBJ

IPS approved two schools granted charters by the Office of Education Innovation as Innovation Network Schools during Thursday’s board meeting. School #44 will become Global Preparatory Academy, while School #69 will become Kindezi Academy.

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IPS approves new Innovation Schools

Inside Indiana Business

Indianapolis Public Schools has given the go-ahead for two new Innovation Network Schools. The district says the Innovation Schools lead to more educator and family empowerment as well as higher academic achievement for students. IPS is creating the schools in partnership with The Mind Trust and the city of Indianapolis.

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IPS adds schools to innovation program, reshaping district

Chalkbeat

On Thursday, the board added two more schools to its “innovation school” roster, allowing them to operate independently, like charter schools, while still remaining under the authority of IPS. School 44, a diverse Westside school, will become Global Prep Academy, converting the school to a dual language Spanish immersion model. School 69, a long-struggling school Northeast of downtown, will be restarted as Kindezi Academy, a school founded by the leaders of the Enlace Academy charter school where students will spend time during each class working independently on computers, in addition to lectures and small group work with teachers.

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