Indiana School Districts Fear More State Takeovers

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Earlier this year, Indiana education officials took the unprecedented step of taking over five public schools.

That might be just the beginning.

New rules proposed by the Indiana State Board of Education could greatly expand the number of schools subject to takeover -- putting more than 100 schools in 76 districts in jeopardy.

Those schools include eight more in Indianapolis Public Schools as well as five other Marion County schools -- one each in Decatur, Franklin, Lawrence, Pike and Wayne townships. One other school in the Indianapolis area -- Waldron Junior-Senior High School in Shelby Eastern -- also would be on the list.

Wayne Township Superintendent Jeff Butts said the sudden potential shift is unfair because it would force school districts to scramble to turn around schools in a matter of months. The changes, as proposed, would go into effect for next school year -- but only after a series of public hearings and a final vote by the state board.

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