Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

INDIANA: IPS ‘charter school’ bill nears final approval

Legislation that would allow Indianapolis Public Schools to hire charter companies or independent management teams to run low-performing schools in the district was passed by the House earlier today and … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Bill would let virtual charter students play public school sports

INDIANAPOLIS – A Republican-backed bill could allow Hoosiers attending virtual charter schools to participate in sports in their local districts. House Bill 1047 – authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

In INDIANA, Parental Choice Increases Parental Satisfaction

Sometimes a study’s findings are so obvious that it’s almost embarrassing to report them. Drivers react slower when distracted, prolonged sitting increases fat, and yes, parents prefer choosing their children’s school to having … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Goodwill opens charter schools to give dropouts a second chance at education

INDIANAPOLIS — There were two things that always terrified Montaque Quentrel Koonce. Being homeless and doing math. In 2008, he was forced to confront both of his fears at the … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Gov. Pledges Support for Charters, Pre-K Vouchers

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pledged to push to expand the state’s voucher program to pre-K students and to bolster state support for charter schools, in a speech to lawmakers Thursday. … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Rural charter school lauded as national model after 10 years of personalized education

GRAYSVILLE, Indiana — As they examined paintings in their school, students in the pre-algebra class of teacher Tracey Drappo were seeking “unintentional geometry” on Monday as they looked for rectangles, … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Time to deal with reality of charter schools as 2nd in size to IPS

Last week, this column revealed the real facts about white families fleeing Indianapolis’ quality township schools and the depths of racial diversity in Indy’s major school districts. This week, this … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Teaching in a US charter school: land of the free or home of the brave?

As ever, I can feel the heat from the raging debate over whether or not free schools are a good idea, all the way from across the pond. Last month, … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Region students benefitting from online schooling

Neither Breanna Prater, 12, nor Seth Shirey, 17, are surrounded by other students when they study — no brick or mortar. They have no teacher in front of the classroom nor … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: School choice deserves bipartisan support

Today, across Indiana, the classroom door opens to more than 20,000 children to attend a school of their parents’ choice. This open door represents more than access to a new … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: International School of Columbus Closing Friday

The International School of Columbus is officially closing after five years. The board voted Wednesday night to surrender its charter with Ball State University. Head of School, Jonah Sims, says … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

INDIANA: Can mix of teachers, computers lead to pupil success?

“Blended learning” curriculum considered cutting-edge and controversial as a big portion of instruction is by computer with small group discussions and one-on-one instruction. INDIANAPOLIS — When visitors to the Carpe … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment


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