Education board grants Indianapolis control of four schools

INDIANAPOLIS – Four former Indianapolis Public Schools taken over by the state will now be under the control of Mayor Greg Ballard.

During a Wednesday morning meeting, the State Board of Education unanimously approved Ballard’s request to give him authority over the four turnaround schools. The state took control of Arlington, Howe and Manual high schools and Donnan Middle School last summer after the schools consistently scored “F” grades on state report cards.

“I thank State Superintendent Ritz and the State Board of Education for their unanimous approval of my petition for oversight of these former IPS turnaround schools,” Ballard said. “We now can move forward with working to improve these schools and collaborating with community stakeholders to offer high-quality education for students.”

The board’s decision serves to expand the mayor’s portfolio, which was already growing. The City-County Council has also approved seven additional charter schools over the next two years.

Ballard had expressed interest in taking over the struggling schools even before the state stepped in. IPS fought against the state’s decision, but is expected to cooperate with the latest move.

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