The Indiana State Board of Education is voting today to turn over several failing Indianapolis Public Schools to private operators in an effort to improve school performance.
At the time of this posting the Board has voted to turn over control of Arlington High School to Ed Power and Emma Donnan Middle School an Manual High School to Charter Schools USA.
I’ve embedded audio from IPS Superintendent Eugene White, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett and Richard Page of Charter Schools USA. I spoke to them during the break. Each clip is less than five minutes.
The Board of Education also voted this morning to assign letter grades to Indiana schools based on academic performance. Some critics complained the metrics used to grade schools are being replaced and that could give parents a flawed perception of their schools.
I’ll have more up later. You can watch the board hearings here.