Good News from Indianapolis: Mayor Puts the Brakes on Charter Expansion

Diane Ravitch's blog

In a rare piece of good news from Indiana, the new mayor of Indianapolis made clear that the days of unchecked expansion of charter schools are over. He intends to be advocate for public schools, as compared to his predecessors, who wanted to turn Indianapolis in the charter capital of the nation.”

“Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says he wants to focus on charter school quality “over and against quantity.” (IBJ file photo)
Newly installed Mayor Joe Hogsett had been in office only days when he brought together each of Marion County’s public school district superintendents at the City-County Building for a one-on-11 meeting.

“Hogsett and the 11 superintendents discussed the perils of poverty, the impact of property tax caps on school funding, state-mandated testing, and problems with ISTEP.

“But they didn’t discuss charter schools, Hogsett said after the private meeting adjourned.

“It was a big statement, if not a…

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