Creating Opportunity Schools: A Bold Plan to Transform Indianapolis Public Schools
Through this report (prepared by Public Impact), The Mind Trust proposes a dramatic transformation of public education in Indianapolis, akin to the structural changes that have taken place in New Orleans and New York City. It observes that great schools across the country share a set of core conditions that enable them to help all students achieve. Among these core conditions are the freedom to build and manage their own teams, refocus resources to meet actual student needs, hold schools accountable for their results(and close those that don’t perform), and create a system of school choice that empowers parents to find schools that they want their children to attend. To create success in the public schools of Indianapolis (IPS), the Mind Trust proposes these bold moves: shift funding from the central office to schools; give high-performing schools autonomy over staffing, budgets, and curriculum; provide parents with more good choices; unite all public schools under a new banner of quality called Opportunity Schools; and allow the mayor and the City-County Council to appoint the IPS school board,. We at Fordham are cheering for the Mind Trust and its reform-minded allies. Not only will their success or failure resonate in Indiana but also across the Midwest and probably beyond.
Public Impact, Creating Opportunity Schools: A Bold Plan to Transform Indianapolis Public Schools (Indianapolis, IN: The Mind Trust, December 2011).
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