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  • Meet the people who will take over failing IPS schools

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Mind Trust and Indianapolis Public Schools announced Thursday the first fellowships that will allow for the re-creation of three failing schools. Chosen to take up the task are a current IPS principal, a former senior analyst with the U.S. State Department and a national group already running an Indianapolis school. Lauren Franklin, principal at IPS’ Francis W. Parker Montessori School, proposed a similar Montessori model that will serve all grades K-12. “It’s a very hands-on philosophy. You’re […]

  • Group in town on mission trip shifts mission to tornado cleanup

    PLAINFIELD — As dozens of homeowners took up the difficult task of picking up what Tuesday’s tornado left behind, they got help from an unlikely source. A group of 250 high school and college students happened to be in town on a mission trip through the national group CityReach. They were already doing work at Church on the Rock in Brownsburg when the tornado hit. “We had to hunker down in a Target and wait out the storm there,” CityReach […]

  • Poor leadership strategy, ‘lack of respect’ found by IPS superintendent

    INDIANAPOLIS — Following his first 100 days in office, Indianapolis Public Schools’ superintendent has released an executive summary that details holes he found within the district. Dr. Lewis Ferebee released the summary at a school board meeting Tuesday. In it, Ferebee details areas that include professional development, school board relations, student engagement and leadership structure. In particular, Ferebee lists a lack of organization among professional development for teachers as a major area of concern. “It appears that most of the […]

  • Education leaders raise voices, fight over Indiana’s schools

    INDIANAPOLIS — Long hours of education meetings Monday led to open fighting between the State Superintendent and Board of Education members once again. The state is down to the wire in replying to a threat from the federal government that could jeopardize millions in funding to schools. Federal officials placed Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver on conditional status earlier this year, saying the state has not met a number of parameters in outlining its overall education plan. It seemed […]

  • New School Resource Officers more than just armed guards

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a growing demand for trained School Resource Officers across Indiana, a new group of recruits completed their coursework Friday. A police officer inside a school can be vital in protecting our kids, creating a line of defense if an intruder gets in and stopping a tragedy in its tracks. Still, to Officer D.J. Schoeff, who patrols the hallways in Carmel and works as a regional director for the Naitonal Association of School Resource Officers, it’s much more […]

  • Teachers anxious, frustrated over education uncertainties

    INDIANAPOLIS — School’s out for the summer, but this year is hardly a relaxing break for teachers. There is so much uncertainty in Indiana education right now that some teachers say it’s giving them anxiety. “Anxious, frustrated, annoyed. I feel like things are out of my control,” English teacher Jacob Pactor said he hears from fellow teachers. Pactor and math teacher Tom Hakim, both Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows, sat down with Fox 59 to talk about all of the […]

  • What to do if you need summer cooling assistance

    INDIANAPOLIS — Keeping cool this summer just got harder for tens of thousands of Hoosiers who were counting on a credit to their utility bills, so FOX59 looked into what you should do if you need help. More than 130,000 families – 19,000 of them in Marion County – learned this week that the state won’t be giving them an expected $50 credit to their bills this summer. That’s because state agencies say they spent so much, $47.8 million total, on […]

  • Citizens Energy identifies contractor killed at Deep Rock Tunnel Connector

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 13, 2014) – A worker was killed at the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector Project on the city’s south side Friday morning. Police were called to the 6600 block of South Tibbs Avenue around 3:15 a.m. with reports of an injured person. That person, a contractor for Citizens Energy, later died. Citizens Energy identified him as 25-year-old William Isaac Simpson. Simpson, who went by Isaac, worked for contractor Shea-Kiewit for more than a year. He’d been on the job since 11 […]

  • Family members open up about girl’s gruesome murder

    INDIANAPOLIS — Family members are telling Fox 59 more about a young woman who was already overcoming life’s challenges when she was raped and murdered on the east side of Indianapolis in March. Shannon Kleeman, 21, was found dead in the basement of her stepmother’s home on March 28th. This week, police arrested 51-year-old Morice Ervin, who lived next door, for rape and murder. Court paperwork revealed Ervin had spent time at the home and met Shannon on multiple occasions. […]

  • Friends, customers say clerk shot in head is ‘great guy’

    SOUTHWEST SIDE — The people who interacted every day with a clerk shot in the head Wednesday night say he’s a great guy who cared about his customers. A robber fired three shots at 45-year-old Harry Briggs just after 10 p.m. Briggs is a clerk at the Joe’s Junction store at Troy and Lynhurst. Police said Briggs, another employee and a customer were inside the store at the time of the shooting. Shocking surveillance video shows the suspect enter the […]