News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 15, 2013

Indy schools seek records on state takeovers

By TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press

---- — INDIANAPOLIS  — Indianapolis Public Schools leaders are seeking state records on the 2011 takeover of four schools amid questions about the integrity of the state’s A-F school grading formula.

IPS Board of Commissioners President Diane Arnold called today for a review of the decisions that led the state to hand control of the schools to charter operators after they were consistently found to be “failing.”

The grading system has been under fire since The Associated Press published emails last month showing former schools chief Tony Bennett oversaw changes to the formula to ensure a top Republican donor’s school received an A. Bennett subsequently resigned as Florida’s education commissioner.

Fort Wayne school leaders have ruled the grading system invalid.

Gov. Mike Pence today blamed the media for “anxiety” over the school grades.