Friday, October 26, 2018

Indy Voters: Here’s Your Chance to Oust an Ed-Reform School Board Incumbent. | deutsch29

Indy Voters: Here’s Your Chance to Oust an Ed-Reform School Board Incumbent. | deutsch29

Indy Voters: Here’s Your Chance to Oust an Ed-Reform School Board Incumbent.


When it comes to killing traditional public education in favor of market-based ed reform models that remove the community control from its own schools, market-based ed reformers means business– and the public would do best to believe that there is a market for the usurping of community influence over schools.
Consider the situation of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), as captured in this July 12, 2018, Washington Post feature written by my friend and colleague, Network for Public Education (NPE) communication director, Darcie Cimarusti, and presented here in part:
When schools reopen in Indianapolis, Indiana in July, the doors of three legacy high schools will remain shuttered. The Indianapolis Public School (IPS) board voted last fall to close them after six months of raucous meetings where community members accused the board and superintendent of ignoring community concerns. Like many school closures, the recent shuttering of what were once three great high schools would disproportionately impact low-income children of color.
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee cited budget concerns and declining enrollment throughout the district as justification. But as the traditional public high schools the community fought to keep open were closed, the district opened a charter high school co-founded by  Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor and education reform stalwart.
Daniels, now president of Purdue University and a founder of Purdue Polytechnic High School, spoke to the inaugural class of 159 students on their first day of school, July 31, 2017. Before Daniels’s new high school had even completed its first year, the Indianapolis Charter School Board approved the charter’s request to open an additional location.
The second Purdue Polytechnic High School wants to take over the Broad Ripple High School building, one of the schools the IPS board closed just last Continue reading: Indy Voters: Here’s Your Chance to Oust an Ed-Reform School Board Incumbent. | deutsch29
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