Dept. of Education vote on State's proposal to take over four IPS schools

IPS Superintendent Dr. Eugene White has been saying if the board approves the State takeover of four IPS schools, the district will take action.

Indianapolis

The Department of Education will vote on the proposal for the State to take over four of the six Indianapolis Public Schools schools on the academic probation list.

IPS Superintendent Dr. Eugene White has been saying if the board approves the State takeover of four IPS schools, the district will take action.

State Superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett proposed the takeover plan up for the vote.

Dr. White says the district will take legal action if the takeover is accepted.  He says the action is unfair.

At a meeting Thursday, the district voted 4-3 to file a lawsuit if the takeover plan is accepted.
 
"We believe the calculation they use was really biased against community high schools," said Dr. White.

"These are the same metrics we have had for many years,” said Dr. Bennett. “If this was a concern, the 11th hour of the last day is not the day to try to utilize that argument as a basis to avoid accountability."

The lawsuit is not across the board for all the schools in question. Dr. White agrees Manual and Emma Donnan did not make the mark.

IPS will wait on the state board's decision Monday morning.

If they support Dr. Bennett's recommendation, IPS will file a lawsuit against the State.

The takeover vote is happening at a special meeting that begins at 9 a.m. at the State Department of Education office on Ohio Street.

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