Chamber report suggests bold steps to overhaul Indianapolis IPS

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Indianapolis Public Schools should reduce staff, sell some key properties and share space with charter schools in an effort to reduce a $30 million budget deficit, according to an Indy Chamber report released Monday.

Whether district leaders will pick a few recommendations or commit to the entire report remains to be seen. But IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee and Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber agreed Monday that IPS must change to live within its budget.

The 68-page, nonbinding operational analysis proposes a wide-ranging set of actions for IPS leaders to consider in their ongoing effort to find efficiencies within a district that has lost tens of thousands of students to township and suburban school districts and faces increased competition from charter and voucher schools.

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