Just in. The Indiana Department of Education has turned down an appeal by Indianapolis Public Schools regarding the status of several schools that could be taken over by the state next year. My sources are also telling me that IPS plans to sue the state in Court over the decision.
Howe, Washington, Broad Ripple and Arlington failed to make it off academic probation this year which means they are subject to be taken over by the state. IPS argued that those schools have middle school students which skewed their most recent end of course assessment results and those students should not have been included in any testing.
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett says IPS was treated just like every other school district in the state and is not entitled to any special treatment.
A decision on the fate of IPS’ failing schools could come as early as tomorrow.