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| October 16, 2017
Innovation Network Schools in Indianapolis: Phalen Leadership Academies Takes the Lead

In 2014 the Indiana legislature, passed a law granting Indiana Public Schools (IPS) the authority to create Innovation Network Schools, a network of schools that operate under contract with a nonprofit organization or management team and outside of the district’s collective bargaining agreement. With the help of the nonprofit Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA), the network took on the task of restarting underperforming schools in Indianapolis. Today, the results are promising, and PLA aims to increase the network by two schools per year over time.

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| October 12, 2017
Should Donors Invest in School Districts?

With all the philanthropic energy surrounding K-12 education, few donors invest in school districts. The reasons why are reflected in our recent survey of 289 Philanthropy Roundtable members. It revealed that broad support for improving the quality of public schools coincides with a lack of confidence, in the minds of most funders, in the ability of administrators of conventional school districts to innovate and enact real improvements.

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, | October 9, 2017
Gill: District Schools? Charters? In Indianapolis, Partnership Schools Offer a Third Way

In 1997, Paul Hill published his book Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools (the center where I work at the University of Washington was founded on the ideas presented). With his co-authors, Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie, Hill proposed that all schools in a city should be contracted out to school-based nonprofits as a means of improvement. He contrasted his proposal with the concurrent charter school movement, in its infancy at the time. He wondered about the then-limited scope of the charter concept. Often seen as “piloting” new ideas for the public school system at large, would charter schools ever grow to serve every child in a city?

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| October 5, 2017
MBA Candidates to Tackle Education Workforce Diversity at Kellogg and The Mind Trust’s Education Case Competition

Chicago, IL – Teams of MBA students from top business and education schools across the country will compete this weekend to address the challenge of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of teachers in urban school systems. For the ninth consecutive year, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has partnered with The Mind Trust, an […]

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| October 5, 2017
Indiana Department of Education receives $59M grant for charter schools

The Indiana Department of Education has announced Indiana has been named the recipient of the United States Department of Education’s Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter School Program (CSP) grant.

“Indiana is committed to ensuring our students receive a quality education,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This federal grant specifically targets the implementation, administration, research and evaluation of charter schools.”

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