Charter School Authorizer Accountability the Focus of Community Affairs Committee Meeting

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Charter School Authorizer Accountability the Focus of Community Affairs Committee Meeting

Indianapolis – The City-County Council’s Community Affairs Committee will meet on August 15 to discuss charter school authorizers, whose role is to approve and oversee charter schools. Currently, nine entities across Indiana are able to authorize schools in Indianapolis, including Ball State University, the Indiana Charter School Board, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office and others.

As more authorizers have come online in the last few years, some concerns have been raised that the growing number of authorizers could diminish the high quality of charters in Indianapolis. The committee will discuss those concerns and potential solutions.

“The promise of charter schools is accountability that leads to better results for kids,” said Community Affairs Committee Chairman John Barth. “The goal of this meeting is to consider how to ensure that only the highest quality schools are operating in our city.”

The meeting will include a panel discussion featuring local and national education leaders:

Amos Brown, Director of Strategic Research, Host, Manager & Editor, Radio One
Amanda Fenton, Director of State and Federal Policy, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Caitlin Hannon, Commissioner, Indianapolis Public Schools Board
David Harris, Founder & CEO, The Mind Trust
Terry Ryan, Vice President for Ohio Programs & Policy, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Library Services Center, 2450 North Meridian Street



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