Review Coming Soon To State School Takeover Law

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July 28, 2014 — The Associated Press — Changes could be coming to the law allowing the Indiana Department of Education to take over consistently failing schools to resolve confusion over who has the ultimate authority over the facilities and their students.

The state took over five chronically failing schools in 2012 and turned them over to private operators.   One of them was Gary Roosevelt High School.

The move was hailed as an aggressive effort by former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett to hold schools accountable and improve performance.  But The Indianapolis Star reports all five schools are still failing.  A drop in enrollment led to funding issues that have prompted at least one operator to threaten to pull out.

State Representative Robert Behning of Indianapolis says he favors revising the law to address the issues. Four more schools could soon face takeovers.

[Photo: Gary Roosevelt High School]


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