A whole new approach

Generations of skilled leaders and educators have done their best to fix broken urban school systems in Indianapolis and across the country. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in "reform." Not much has worked.

But at The Mind Trust, we believe producing dramatically better results is possible in Indianapolis Public Schools, the city's largest district. To get outstanding results, we need to take a whole new approach to how the district is run.

In December 2011, The Mind Trust released a groundbreaking report proposing a dramatic overhaul of IPS. At its heart, our report, "Creating Opportunity Schools: A Bold Plan to Transform Indianapolis Public Schools," proposes giving schools autonomy so that talented teachers and school leaders would have the freedom to do whatever it takes to help students learn.

The report has propelled a tremendous amount of discussion about the best path forward for IPS, including generating more than 90 media stories in 2012, sparking a series of more than two dozen community conversations about how to improve the district, and framing the discussion in the 2012 IPS board elections.
 

 

 

 

IPS operates from a top-down leadership model. In my opinion, this is one reason why IPS, and I, have failed our students.

-Susan Pattee, veteran IPS Teacher, in The Indianapolis Star, Jan. 20, 2012

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