IPS board room

Inside the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services, where the Indianapolis Public Schools board meets. (Recorder file photo)

Indianapolis Public Schools leaders don’t want to renew the district’s contract with the charter company running Emma Donnan Elementary School, citing the results of a renewal school quality review.

The IPS Board of School Commissioners will vote on that plan Nov. 21.

The private company running Emma Donnan is Charter School USA (CUSA), which also operates Thomas Carr Howe High School and Emmerich Manual High School under a state takeover contract.

The district will also ask the Indiana State Board of Education to return Emma Donnan Middle School to IPS, allowing the district to find a new path for the whole K-8 school as innovation schools.

The state hired CUSA in 2012 to turn around Emma Donnan, Thomas Carr Howe and Emerich Manaul and manage each through June 2020. Nobel Education Initiative, a nonprofit arm of CUSA, has managed the schools for the last two years.

Visit myips.org for information about the process and community meetings.

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