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The Fall of IPS

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Indianapolis Public Schools is no longer the largest school district in the state.    The District announced that it lost about 1,500 students bringing its preliminary enrollment to 30,128 students for the 2012-13 school year.  That puts IPS behind the Ft. Wayne School District which has an enrollment of about 30,622. Did anyone see this coming?  […]

A New Hope (For IPS)

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Indulge me for just a second. A long, long time ago in a school district far, far away, it was a period of civil war.  Rebel school board members, striking from their base won a victory against  an evil galactic school district. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s […]

State Prepares for Possible Takeover of Another IPS School

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

There was only one Indiana school slated for possible takeover by the state this year for failing to meet academic standards for a sixth consecutive year; IPS’  John Marshall Community School.  And according to state officials, John Marshall failed to make adequate academic progress and now officials are looking at intervention. This is not the […]

Bully for Dr. Eugene White

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

An e-mail correspondence between Indianapolis Public School Superintendent Dr. Eugene White and Board Samantha Adair-White shows her more than two weeks ago asking for an investigation into the bullying of expelled gay student Darnell “Dynasty” Young and White emphatically telling her no. In the e-mail, dated April 30, Samantha White requested the investigation following not […]

The Prodigal Superintendent Returns, Unfortunately

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

When I heard that Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eugene White was looking for another job, I didn’t know whether to crack open a bottle of scotch or just crack up. There was one part of me that wanted to run outside and do cartwheels just cheering the fact that worst Superintendent in the State […]

Get the White Out

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I originally wrote this column back in June of 2011.  Since Dr. Eugene White is looking for a new job, I figured the least I could do is let any future employer know what they are getting.  ****** Picture this.  A CEO of a company who makes nearly $250,000 in salary and benefits.  His company […]

My Top 10 of 2011

Friday, December 30th, 2011

As tradition dictates, it’s time for me to do my top 10 list of political stories for the year.  The criteria are the same as always, magnitude and impact.  Ironically, it was a pretty easy list to put together.  So with that said, here we go, in reverse order. 10. Richard Mourdock challenges Dick Lugar […]

A Mind Trust Is A Terrible Thing to Waste

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

The education reform organization, The Mind Trust , is unveiling a plan which would radically change Indianapolis Public Schools.  Citing graduation and ISTEP test results which place IPS Schools far below the state average, and only 41 cents of every dollar spent making it into the classroom The Mind Trust, has drafted a proposal which […]

The Last Day of IPS

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Today could be the last day that Indianapolis Public Schools is the largest school district in the State.   Friday is the official enrollment count day for schools. And due to competition and years of declining enrollment, this school year could be the tipping point where IPS is replaced by Ft. Wayne schools as the largest […]

State Slaps IPS

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

If  Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eugene White wasn’t already having a bad month, the latest news from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office can’t be helping matters much. You might recall earlier this year Dr. White threatened to ban students who left IPS for charter schools of ever returning to the district.  White had been […]