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State Announces School Takeover; Education Reform Becomes Hot Topic for Bingham McHale Legislative Conference
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On July 22, 2011, Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced that seven schools are eligible for state intervention due to chronic underperformance. 

Six of those schools are located in Indianapolis and the other school is located in Gary.  Public Law 221, passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 1999, led to the creation of a system that requires state intervention for schools that remain on the probation list after six years.  The takeover of schools is an unprecedented step in Indiana and one that is only allowed because those schools have been underperforming for such an extended period of time.

The Department of Education has chosen EdPower, Charter Schools USA and EdisonLearning as Turnaround Operators for the schools.  The seven schools will continue to be run by their local districts for the 2011-2012 school year while the outside organizations make plans for 2012-2013. There are few examples of other direct state takeovers of schools around the country for academic failure so it is not certain that the takeover will be successful. Additionally, the financial impact to IPS could be significant and may result in teacher layoffs in 2012. The State Board of Education will confirm the interventions for each of the seven schools at the end of August.

For more details on the school turnaround, click here: This will be part of the K-12 education reform discussion at the upcoming Legislative Conference hosted by Bingham Greenebaum Doll on December 15, 2011.  Don’t miss this important discussion at the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Legislative Conference. Learn more about the 2011 Bingham McHale Legislative Conference here.



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