Charter Schools USA Loses The Charter Bid, Giving IPS A Shot At Reclaiming Takeover…

FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The next step lies with the Indiana State Board of Education, which is now expected in January to revisit the question of what should happen to the schools as they exit state takeover at the end of the current school year. IPS will make its case for bringing the schools back under its umbrella.Charter Schools USA officials declined to comment after the meeting. Misty Ndiritu, the state director of Noble Education Initiative, a nonprofit with ties to Charter Schools USA that is the day-to-day operator of the company’s Indiana campuses, said in an emailed statement, “Clearly, we are extremely disappointed in the narrow 3-4 vote today. We will continue to work with the thousands of educational stakeholders who have routinely articulated they want to stay on the current path of success at each school under our leadership and local partnerships.”The charter requests were an unprecedented attempt to sever permanently the state-controlled schools from the district. But in IPS’s late efforts to reclaim the schools, district officials raised financial concerns over the complications of managing the debts on the three district buildings, were they to become charter schools. In the end, those concerns proved to be one of the critical issues leading to the charter denials.Charter board members also said they were uncertain whether the schools would be able to meet lofty enrollment goals, the key to their financial viability, and whether academic progress could be sustained without the extra funds that the schools received under a state takeover.“I was worried about some of the issues with the management. I was worried about the enrollment and the finances,” said Jill Robinson Kramer, vice-chair of the state’s charter board. “It was definitely ambitious without very detailed plans.”After about three hours of discussion, the charter board voted against its staff’s recommendation to grant three-year charters to all three schools.The recommendation, however, came with some asterisks. The board’s staff suggested a short term in order to monitor closely the transition and highlighted the high number of students leaving the two high schools without diplomas, a problem revealed by a recent Chalkbeat investigation. The schools recorded few dropouts but some of the highest proportions in the state of students leaving to home-school, a designation that doesn’t factor into graduation rates.Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School had perhaps the best shot at a charter, having shown significant academic growth under Charter Schools USA’s management. With the manager’s addition of elementary grades, Emma Donnan raised its consecutive F grades under IPS to a C. The elementary school posts high reading scores and largely surpasses district schools on standardized tests.Charter Schools USA leader Jon Hage noted that those improvements came despite the politics surrounding state takeover. “We persisted through this environment,” he said, adding, “The community has also strongly backed us throughout this process.”The charter applications, though controversial, had hundreds of people — including students, families, community members, and alumni — supporting the efforts, signing petitions and writing letters backing Charter Schools USA’s leadership.Ndiritu, of Noble Education Initiative, stressed the operator’s local ties. “You hear all the time, ‘Florida, Florida, Florida,’” she said at the meeting. “We are from Indiana. We work in Indiana schools. … We are making decisions here.”But the charter board also focused on the uncertainty of whether the schools would be able to execute the visions laid out in the charter applications because of the transition out of state takeover. IPS recently ended its innovation partnership with Emma Donnan, citing declining enrollment and high staff turnover.“That’s some shaky ground,” said charter board member Leslie Dillon. “I keep hearing that, ‘I think, I think, I think.’”The rejection of Emma Donnan’s charter application set a grim tone for supporters for the discussions over Manual and Howe, which were shorter and ended with votes falling along the same lines. The conference room at Government Center was packed with about 75 people, including many from the three school communities and top IPS officials. Those who supported the charters at times grumbled, cried, or called out over critical questions from the board.While IPS has outlined a plan to find a charter operator for Emma Donnan and hand operations of Manual to influential local charter network Christel House Academies, a shadow looms over Howe. IPS officials have not revealed a plan for the high school, which has struggled the most out of the three turnaround campuses, and the district has not ruled out closing Howe.“IPS is committed to addressing the individual needs of each school, and the return of Emma Donnan, Emmerich Manual, and Thomas Carr Howe to the district will allow continued expansion of sustainable choice options for all students,” the district said in an emailed statement.The three outnumbered board members who voted in favor of the charters said they wanted to avoid more turmoil for students and families, particularly by avoiding potential closures. They believed continuing operations as charter schools would be the smoothest possible transition.“I’m a longtime school choice [and] charter school supporter, and I would tend to vote on the side of a parent or a student who says, ‘I love my school,’” said charter board Chairwoman Kim Preston. “That would have been a good step toward stabilizing communities and giving them faith that their schools are going to exist in a couple of years.”(Preston also briefly served on the board of ReThink Forward Indiana, the nonprofit that would have held the charters since Indiana law prohibits for-profit operators, like Charter Schools USA, from being granted charters.)Dillon — who voted against the proposals — urged the community to unite, even amid palpable disappointment over charter rejections. She told them that the vote didn’t dictate what the outcomes would be for their students.“This is not the final say for your babies,” she said. Charter Schools USA Loses The Charter Bid, Giving IPS A Shot At Reclaiming Takeover SchoolsBy Stephanie Wang CHALKBEAT -Indiana –December 13, 201Indiana Charter School Board denied charters Friday for three Indianapolis turnaround schools — a stunning move that could spell the end to the Florida-based Charter Schools USA’s operations in Indianapolis.As a result, the three Indianapolis schools — Howe High School, Manual High School, and Emma Donnan Middle School — face the prospect of another rocky transition to new management or even possible closure.But the board’s 4-3 votes against the charters, which elicited gasps from the audience, marked a major victory for Indianapolis Public Schools, which could win back the three schools that have been under state takeover since 2011. (Two members of the charter board were not present for the vote.) read more

Legislators: We want to write courts’ rules

first_img Legislators: We want to write courts’ rules Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Despite a warning that they could find themselves worrying about typefaces and font sizes on court submissions, a Florida House Committee approved a constitutional amendment that would have the legislature write all court procedural rules.The straight party-line vote came in the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee PCR HBS 1 on March 3. But the future of the proposal remains questionable as a crucial Senate leader said the measure is unlikely to be considered there.Currently under the Florida Constitution’s Article V, the legislature is essentially given authority over substantive laws and the court is given jurisdiction over procedural rules. The legislature by a two-thirds vote in both chambers can override any procedural rules adopted by the Supreme Court.Under the proposed amendment — which must pass by a three-fifths vote in both the House and Senate and then be approved by voters — the legislature would appoint a judicial conference to draft the rules, which they would then refer to the legislature. Only rules specifically passed by the legislature would go into effect.Any rules not acted on by the next general election would be deemed rejected. The legislature would also have power to enact rules on its own without input from the conference.Tallahassee attorneys Steve Metz and Barry Richard, representing The Florida Bar, argued there has been no serious problem with the present system, and the legislature has only eight times overridden a rule since the modern constitution was adopted in 1968.They suggested copying lawmakers with all proposed rule changes and adding legislative liaisons to court rules committees to smooth out any problems. Richard also noted that less than 1 percent of rules are controversial. “Most are existing rules with minor changes, like the legislature with its revisors’ changes to state law,” he said.The minutiae addressed, he added, includes such details as the allowable margins on briefs and font sizes and typefaces. He also said while the change is likened to the federal system, it would give the legislature far more authority than Congress exerts over federal court rules.But Chair Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami, repeated claims from an earlier meeting that the measure would restore a balance between the legislature and the courts.Rep. Heather Fiorentino, R-New Port Richey, questioned Metz’ and Richard’s solution of having legislators review proposed rules before the Supreme Court acts on them. She noted that the March 1 Bar News listed dozens of proposed rule changes in six different areas, and said she probably wouldn’t have the time.But Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, said that only illustrated that lawmakers are already too busy to deal with the details of court procedural rules.“I can’t wait until we’re sitting here dealing with the rule on the size of type and the type of font [on court submissions] and if we don’t approve it, it doesn’t pass,” he said. “We are creating a new system, and it is to send a shot across the bow of the Supreme Court.. . . This is wrong; it is an encroachment.”Seiler also repeated the fact that only eight times had the legislature overridden a rule in the past eight years. But Barreiro said in two of those cases, the Supreme Court had come back and reinstated the rule.Richard than replied that he was familiar with one of those cases and the court only reinstated a rule as an interim measure while it worked out new rules in conjunction with legislative wishes.(According to Bar records, in the second case, the court held a law that included a rule repeal unconstitutional, and found the rule repeal was not severable from the rest of the bill. The legislature, according to the records, then passed another bill repealing the rule and the court took no further action.)The committee wound up voting 13-6 to pass the bill, with all Republican members supporting it, and all Democratic members opposing it. Since it is a proposed committee bill, it had not been assigned to any other committees, but Barriero said he hoped it would go before the Judiciary Committee before going to the House floor. A Senate companion, SJR 2378, has been introduced by Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg.Regardless of House action, it appeared questionable whether the amendment would ever go to voters. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, said he was unlikely to bring the bill before his committee.“I strongly disagree” with the amendment, he said. “The legislature already has authority to repeal rules of procedure and it works just fine. If the legislature was to engage in the writing of [procedural] rules, that would be a flagrant violation of the separation of powers, and I’m not in favor of that.”Voting for the bill in the House Committee were Barreiro, Fiorentino, Rep. Sandra Adams, R- Oviedo, Rep. Rafael Arza, R-Hialeah, Rep. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, Rep. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, Rep. Hugh Gibson, R-Lady Lake, Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, Rep. Marcelo Llorente, R-Miami, Rep. Mitch Needelman, R-Palm Bay, Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, R-Miami, and Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami. Voting against it were Seiler, Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando, Rep. Edward Bullard, D-Miami, Rep. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, Rep. Wilbert Holloway, D-Miami, and Rep Matthew Meadows, D-Lauderhill. Legislators: We want to write courts’ rules March 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

City could face Balotelli

first_imgManchester City could be reunited with former striker Mario Balotelli during their summer pre-season programme. City have announced they will feature alongside Balotelli’s current club AC Milan in the four-team Audi Cup in Munich in July and August. The controversial Balotelli left City in January after an eventful two-and-a-half-year spell at the Etihad Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img Hosts Bayern Munich and Brazilian club Sao Paulo are the other clubs taking part in the competition, which will see games played at the Allianz Arena on July 31 and August 1. City’s chief commercial and operating officer Tom Glick said: “We are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Audi Cup and to be competing with some of the best teams in the world. “This tournament forms a significant part of our pre-season preparations and we are very much looking forward to it.” Another former City player, Nigel de Jong, could be in action for Milan while Jerome Boateng, another ex-City man, now plays for Champions League finalists Bayern. City are also due to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong in July along with Tottenham, Sunderland and South China FC. last_img read more

Government Has No Business Running Sport, Says Shaibu

first_imgPhilip Shaibu He stressed that sports is an industry that requires those with the know-how to run it for profit.“My Governor, (Hon. Godwin Obaseki) is an economist and knows that for Edo to reap the dividend in the sector, we need to create the right atmosphere that will allow players in it to succeed. That is what we have done with these beautiful sports facilities we have put in place to host the National Sports Festival later this month,” the deputy governor hinted.Given Edo State’s pedigree in sports along with Delta State in the old Bendel State, Shaibu admitted that the new industry to be created with these new sport facilities, “ will not only provide employment but will held to check social vices and give room for our athletes’ careers to flourish. We were the power-house of sports in country before Bendel State was split into Edo and Delta states. We still have talents.”Shaibu further said that ancillary industries that will spring up around these sports facilities will boost the economy of the state.“There are going to be all sorts of merchandising businesses around these sports facilities. Sportswear shops, restaurants and other businesses will be opened.”He hinted that because of the rebranding of Bendel Insurance FC, the state government made N26million from the sale of the home and away jerseys of the Benin Arsenal.“You can imagine what will happen after the National Sports Festival when all these shops around the sports facilities will be put into maximum use,” he said with optimism.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium refurbished along with other 17 sports facilities to host the 20th National Sports Festival later this month in Benin City, Edo State government is setting the pace for other states to emulate on how to create the enabling environment for sports to thrive.After conducting sports journalists on inspection of the facilities on Tuesday, Edo State Deputy Governor, Hon. Philip Shaibu insisted that government has no business running sports but to create the enabling environment for the sector to thrive as is done where sports is big business.“What we have done in Edo State with the total refurbishment of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and other sports facilities in the state is to create the enabling environment that will allow private partnership in sports business. Sports business is huge,” observed Shaibu.last_img read more

African tournament dedicated to Kenyan peace

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp They will join hosts Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda (holders), Tanzania and Zanzibar in the event.The last time the usually annual CECAFA Challenge Cup was played — in December 2015 — Uganda beat Rwanda 1-0 in the final to win a record 14th title. Political violence in Kenya. FILE PHOTONairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) will dedicate next month’s Challenge Cup in Kenya to peace following the post-election violence witnessed in parts of the country.The 12-nation tournament, which runs from November 25 to December 9, will be played in Nakuru, Kakamega and Kisumu, the opposition stronghold in western Kenya where clashes between the police and supporters of the National Super Alliance coalition (NASA) left several people dead and scores injured.“Sport has proved to be a unifying factor in countries where there have been conflicts. We want to use the power of football to bring all people together following the divisive and long-drawn (out) presidential elections,” CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye told AFP.The CECAFA Challenge Cup, Africa’s oldest football tournament, will be the first major sporting event to be held in Kenya following months of political uncertainty that led to cricket, rugby and athletics events being postponed or moved to other countries.Musonye said Libya and Zimbabwe, who won the COSAFA (Council of Southern African Football Associations) Cup for a record fifth time in South Africa in July, have accepted to be guest teams during the three-week championships.last_img read more

2-year-old falls to her death on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

first_imgA family from Indiana is mourning the death of a two-year-old girl after the child fell several stories from a cruise ship Sunday.The incident occurred on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.According to the report, the child’s grandfather was holding the child up to an open window when he somehow lost his grip and the child fell 11 stories down. Elmer Roman of the Puerto Rican Department of Public Security told CBS News that the child first hit an awning before eventually landing on the pavement at the dock.“It’s a very grave scene, very regrettable and tragic,” Roman said. “One of the grandfathers, whom it would appear was playing with the little girl, lifted her out of the open window and lost his grip.”Roman also reported that a homicide team was investigating the incident and they plan to interview the family and view security footage of the scene to conclude.Royal Caribbean has since released a statement on the tragedy saying:“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family. We’ve made our care team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do no plan to comment further on the incident.”last_img read more

Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II due to coronavirus pandemic

first_imgThe 2020 Wimbledon has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020. This is the first time the tournament has been canceled since WWII.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. The club says they are currently developing a plan to help support those who rely on the tournament for financial support.The club also said  that all tickets will be refunded, and fans will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets for the same day and court during the 2021 tournament.last_img

Women’s Amateur Championship to top bill with Men’s event at Woodhall Spa

first_img England Golf is excited to announce the addition of the English Women’s Amateur Championship to its revised and provisional list of events for 2020.The prestigious tournament is now due to take place at Woodhall Spa Golf Club between 28 July–1 August.As with all events currently on the revised England Golf roster for 2020, this championship date is provisional and dependent on the government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.In what could be a remarkable week for amateur golf in England, the women’s championship is now pencilled in to run alongside the men’s championship which is also being held at Woodhall Spa.Both events will utilise the Bracken and Hotchkin courses with the women’s championship featuring a maximum of 66 players.After 36 holes of stroke play over two days on both courses, the top 16 players will progress to the match play stages. The 36-hole final will be played on the Hotchkin course on Saturday 1 August.Last year, England’s Ellen Hume (pictured above) won the title at Saunton Golf Club by defeating 2017 champion Lily May Humphreys on the 19th hole.Conor Gough emerged triumphant in the men’s event by beating England colleague Callum Farr.For the full revised and provisional list of championship events click here. 21 Apr 2020 Women’s Amateur Championship to top bill with Men’s event at Woodhall Spa Tags: Ellen Hume, English Men’s Amateur Championship, English Women’s Amateur, Woodhall Spalast_img read more

Bilodeau, Hamelin roar to golden victories at Sochi Olympics

first_imgCanada continued to build on its medal total with three more medals Monday at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.Alex Bilodeau won his second straight gold medal in Olympic moguls with teammate Mikael Kingsbury capturing the silver.The Canadians narrowly missed sweeping the podium as Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished fourth. Earlier in the day Charles Hamelin roared to victory in the men’s 1,500 short-track speedskating race.That gives him four Olympic medals overall, including three gold. Long-track speedskater Cindy Klassen has six career medals, but Hamelin still has three races left in Sochi.Bilodeau, who won Canada’s first medal four years ago in Vancouver, had a near-flawless final run to earn a score of 26.31.Kingsbury, who has been Bilodeau’s main rival on the World Cup circuit this season, had a small stumble in his final run to finish with 24.71.Russia’s Alexandr Smyshlyaev was third with 24.34.Bilodeau is the first moguls skier to defend an Olympic title.Canada now has seven medals — three goals, three silver and a bronze.last_img read more

Neuer, Mueller deny Ozil’s claims of racism within Germany set-up

first_imgAfter Ozil and Gundogan, who were born in Germany to Turkish parents, were booed by German fans in pre-World Cup friendlies, the latter said the meeting was not politically motivated.The 29-year-old Ozil refused to comment, only breaking his silence following Germany’s shock early exit from the finals in Russia when he quit the national team on July 22 and accused DFB president Reinhard Grindel of racism with his parting shot.However, Neuer, who is captain of both Bayern Munich and Germany, denied any claims of racism within the national team.“We’ve always tried to integrate all the players and we’ve also done everything for our teammates to make them feel good going into games,” said Neuer at Bayern’s pre-season training camp in southern Bavaria.The goalkeeper admitted Ozil’s comments have affected those who still play for Germany.– ‘Very stressful’ –“There has been a lot of back and forth with much written and said about it. Of course, it was very stressful for those who read about it,” he said.Only a handful of players have spoken about the scandal and head coach Joachim Loew is yet to comment.Mesut Ozil, who scored for Arsenal against Paris Saint Germain in a friendly last weekend in Singapore, quit the German team last month after a disastrous World Cup saying he was being made a scapegoat for racist reasons. © AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” wrote Ozil in an explosive three-part statement a fortnight ago, sparking a racism storm in Germany and triggering fierce debate about integration.The Arsenal midfielder was singled out by some corners of the German media as a reason for the World Cup debacle, but Grindel, who has refused calls to resign, later refuted the racism allegations.On Friday, Neuer’s Bayern team-mate Mueller also insisted “there is no question of racism within the national team”, but accepted the saga was damaging for all protagonists.“The debate was fueled from the outside and the protagonists didn’t come out with any credit, neither on the side of the association nor the players themselves,” he said.Mueller described the saga as a “hypocritical discussion, which is supported by the media” and finds it alarming “that we spread such a topic… with relish and then we wonder why society is divided”.“We should all look at ourselves before we criticise others,” he added.– ‘Need for change’ –Thomas Mueller sees the integration debate, sparked in Germany by Mesut Ozil’s retirement from international football, as a ‘hypocritical discussion’ fuelled by the German media. © AFP / Odd ANDERSENFollowing the Ozil furore and Germany’s woeful World Cup group-stage displays, Neuer has called for a fresh start, especially for their next game against new world champions France in Munich on September 6.“It is the task of those in charge at the DFB to restructure the team and to give it a new face,” said Neuer, with Loew already promising an overhaul of the national squad.“We need to have new players, who are really proud to play for the national team and want to give everything to play for their country.“I think that there is a lot going on within the national team and the DFB. We will have to wait and see how things shape up.“The fact is that some things need to be changed.“We also have big goals in the national team and of course we want to show a different face again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has denied Mesut Ozil’s claims of racism within the German Football Association (DFB). © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 3 – Germany stars Manuel Neuer and Thomas Mueller have denied that Mesut Ozil was the victim of racism within the German FA (DFB), but admitted the fiasco has taken a toll on the players.Ozil retired from international football last month amid the furore sparked in May when he and fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which raised questions about the pair’s loyalty to Germany.last_img read more