After several years in state takeover status, Emma Donnan Middle School, Emmerich Manual High School and Thomas Carr Howe Community High School were returned to their home district.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) voted 6-2 to give the schools back to Indianapolis Public Schools.
Now, with all three schools back under the IPS family of schools, the district can move forward with its plans for Emma Donnan, Howe and Manual, which will take effect for the 2020-21 school year.
This page will provide news and updates for all three school families, staff and the community throughout the process.
Staff & Community Meetings
As additional staff and community meetings are scheduled, this section will be updated regularly with those dates, times and locations.
Timeline of Events
The state took over Emma Donnan Middle School, and Thomas Carr Howe and Emmerich Manual high schools. Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) was chosen to operate the schools.
December 4, 2019
The SBOE directed CSUSA to apply for a charter for Emma Donnan. (The SBOE had directed CSUSA to apply for charters for Manual and Howe in March.)
December 13, 2019
Indiana Charter School Board voted to deny CSUSA charters for all three schools.
The SOBE votes 6-2 to return Emma Donnan, Manual and Howe back to IPS control.
The 5-year innovation agreement with CSUSA will be up for renewal. IPS administration recommended in November 2019 not to renew its innovation agreement with CSUSA.
Meet Our Potential Innovation Partners
IPS is exploring a partnership with an Innovation partner to operate Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle school as a full K–8 school:
Emmerich Manual High School
The district has selected Christel House Academy, an Indianapolis-based charter operator with a proven track record of success, as the preferred Innovation partner to run Emmerich Manual High School.
Thomas Carr Howe High School
IPS is in the process of forming the Howe Reuse Committee to reimagine the future of Howe and to strategically plan the best use for the facility. Current Howe students will receive a preference to attend another IPS middle or high school of their choice for the 2020-21 school year.