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.
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 SBOE 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.