Gary Schools, EdisonLearning Explain Partnership To Patrons
December 15, 2014 — GARY (AP) — One of the Hoosier State’s most troubled school districts is developing a five-year plan to improve performance without state interference.
The “Times” reports Gary Community Schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and EdisonLearning President Thom Jackson held meetings at Gary schools on Saturday to discuss the plan that’ll be presented to the Indiana Department of Education next month. EdisonLearning is running the district’s Roosevelt High School — now known as Roosevelt Career Academy — under a state contract, after the Department of Education took it over nearly three years ago.
Dr. Pruitt says she will ask the state not to interfere with the local management of Gary schools for five years. She says the district wants to avoid state takeovers, regain control over Roosevelt and ensure adequate funding — even as it collects only 42 percent of the property taxes that it’s owed.
The state Board of Education postponed any intervention action on Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School at its last meeting, pending the creation and review of the Gary Community Schools-EdisonLearning comprehensive plan.