Years after quitting school for the streets, she wants a job helping kids like here


The Chalkbeat staff met Crystal Anderson at the graduation ceremony for the Excel Center’s University Heights Campus. She earned professional certifications in business etiquette, customer service and business leadership through the charter school that gives adults a chance to return for their diplomas. She also earned college credits in English and math. She hopes to get a job working with kids in the juvenile justice system.

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Hoosier educators selected for MBA fellowship

Inside Indiana Business

This year’s Indiana class of Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership have been announced. The program originally involved students at the University of Indianapolis and has grown this year to include Indiana State University and Indiana University. Four Mayor-sponsored charter school administrators and teachers were among those selected.

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Education options, for the benefit of all students


Dr. Jim Dalton serves as the director of Damar Charter Academy, where the majority of students have special needs and receive learning opportunities and supports they might otherwise do without.

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Mayor Hogsett wants to expand pre-K program


Marion County’s pre-K program is so popular that more than 3,500 needy children were turned away this year.To fix that, Mayor Joe Hogsett hopes to expand the program to every family in Indianapolis who wants to take part.

The city is currently helping to fund the program with $20 million over five years. Charitable organizations and private companies make up the rest, and the United Way administers the program and oversees the application process.

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Beyond test scores: Indianapolis considers new ways to measure school quality


OEI, IPS, and The Mind Trust have collaborated to measure school quality and culture beyond test score metrics. Equity reports will shed light on schools’ equity efforts, while the 5Essentials survey will help schools identify areas of success and growth.

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Mayor Hogsett delivers first State of the City address

CBS4 Indy

Mayor Hogsett gave his first State of the City address, emphasizing the need for criminal justice reforms, public safety, and access to early childhood education.

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High Schools for Addicts

The Atlantic

Hope Academy, a Mayor-sponsored charter school in Indianapolis, is one of the few nationally accredited recovery high schools in America. Hope students receive substance abuse treatment through the Fairbanks Hospital while receiving a high-quality education.

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Herron High School ranked one of Indiana’s top-performing schools

US News & World Report

Herron High School has been recognized as one of the top-performing schools in the state of Indiana. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Herron High School is 85 percent. The student body makeup is 38 percent male and 62 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 40 percent.

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Purdue names Polytechnic High School head


After helping a charter school organization grow from one school to 11 locations across the state, Scott Bess will soon lead the Purdue Polytechnic High School. Bess, a 1983 Purdue alumnus, will be the first head of school at the university’s planned STEM-focused charter school in Indianapolis for inner-city kids, Purdue announced Monday.

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