This is how he tells IPS what he thinks about the school reform plan

SUPER School 19 will no longer be run by a charter school operator next year if the IPS School Board approves the restructuring plan.  The plan calls for School 19 to return to district control and nearby Paul I. Miller School 114 to close and its staff and students to be assigned to School 19. - Eric Weddle/WFYI

SUPER School 19 will no longer be run by a charter school operator next year if the IPS School Board approves the restructuring plan. The plan calls for School 19 to return to district control and nearby Paul I. Miller School 114 to close and its staff and students to be assigned to School 19.

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Public meetings are scheduled through mid-October to receive community input on the proposed reform of the Indianapolis Public Schools. The district’s school board is expected to vote on a final version of the turnaround plan in November.

Last week, Superintendent Aleesia Johnson announced a plan to close seven schools, reconfigure grades at nearly three dozen schools to be K-5, create middle schools, end charter school partnerships at two district buildings and other changes.

The plan comes as the district faces uneven access to academic programs at some schools, declining enrollment at neighborhood schools and a looming budget shortfall.

IPS would close 7 schools under expansive restructuring proposal

“None of this is easy. But it is what it takes to align resources and values,” Johnson said during a public address last week. “Remember: We can do anything, but we can’t do everything. This is the smoothest process possible.”

The IPS website offers details on how students and staff at individual schools will be affected.

Scheduled Public Meetings:

  • September 21: 12 p.m. New Era Church, 517 W. 30th St.
  • September 22: 12 pm Virtual meeting; more details at myips.org.
  • September 26: 6 p.m. Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (Café), 8902 E 38th St.
  • October 3: 6 p.m. George Washington High School, 2215 W. Washington St.
  • October 4: 6 pm George Washington High School, 2215 W. Washington St. (for Spanish speakers)
  • October 5: 12 pm Virtual meeting; more details at myips.org.
  • Oct. 6: 6 p.m. Charles Warren School Fairbanks 105, 8620 Montery Rd. (for Spanish speakers)
  • October 8: 12 p.m. Indianapolis Public Library – East 38th Street Branch, 5420 E 38th St.
  • Oct. 17: 6 p.m. Arsenal Tech High School, 1500 E Michigan St.
  • October 19: 12 pm Virtual meeting; more details at myips.org.

Instructions on how to submit comments or questions about the plan to the district are here. The deadline is October 21.

The IPS school board accepts public comment in person during its regular meetings. To speak at the meetings on September 27 or 29, you must register here. Written comments can also be submitted online. The board will also meet at least twice in October.

School boards cannot limit who can speak at meetings, such as only residents or parents of enrolled students, under a 2022 law.


Contact WFYI Education Editor Eric Weddle at [email protected] or call (317) 614-0470. Follow on Twitter: @ericweddle.


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