IPS requests records related to school takeover in wake of Bennett scandal

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INDIANAPOLIS – Officials with Indianapolis Public Schools want to see records regarding the 2011 state takeover of four schools, the latest fallout from the scandal surrounding the validity of the state’s A-F accountability system.

This week, IPS submitted public records requests to both the Indiana Department of Education and the State Board of Education for documents related to the state’s decision to award “F” grades to four IPS schools. The state decided to take over those schools: Emma Donnan Middle School and Manual, Arlington and Howe high schools.

The request comes in the wake of the scandal involving former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. Emails showed he and his staff altered the A-F grading system to benefit Christel House Academy after the charter school received a less than desirable grade.

IPS Board of School Commissioners’ President Diane Arnold said the circumstances surrounding the state takeover warrant another look.

“The accountability system is supposed to be transparent,” Arnold said in a news release. “It is in the best interest of our students and their families for all of the facts surrounding the school takeovers to be disclosed to the public and reviewed in the light of day.”