Tear down wall of denial so we can fix broken IPS

former IPS School Board President Kelly Bentley has some thoughts about how to fix IPS in this Indy Star editorial: Tear down wall of denial so we can fix broken IPS | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Even recent good news about IPS is tempered by the reality that the numbers often aren’t as positive as they appear. The community rallied around a report last month that the district’s graduation rate, which a few years ago was well below 50 percent, climbed again last school year. Yet, a significant portion of that increase was achieved by a heightened reliance on academic waivers, which means many students really didn’t meet all the requirements for graduation but received diplomas anyway. Certainly, waivers are justified in some cases. But when more than 40 percent of graduates at Arlington High School receive waivers, as occurred last year, alarms should go off in the district headquarters and in the community.

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IPS: Sign The Yellow Petition

Currently in Indianapolis, there is a plan to renovate the crumbling Indianapolis Public Schools system by renovating 12 schools. The plan will cost $200 million and will be paid for through the sale of property taxpayer-supported bonds.

The plan is “controversial” because the greedy Republicans in the suburbs don’t want to pay for inner city kids to go to school. Consequently, the plan is the subject of two petitions, both for (yellow forms) and against (blue forms). Which every side of the issue collects the most verified signatures before December 30 will succeed.

Sure, IPS students under-perform in comparison to the well-funded suburban schools. That’s not too surprising, if you read a first-hand account from someone who’s been in both types of schools.

And that’s why the greedy Republican suburbanites are at it once again, leading the charge against the IPS bond. You can thwart their efforts by going to I Support The IPS and finding out how to sign a yellow petition.

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