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Indy charter schools granted 15-year contracts by mayor’s office

Eleven Indianapolis charter schools have been granted renewals for the next 15 years, doubling the previous charter term length in Indiana. This extension, allowed under a new law, applies to schools within four networks, including Purdue Polytechnic High Schools and Herron Classical Schools. To qualify, schools had to demonstrate excellence and meet rigorous performance standards set by the Office of Education Innovation. The move aims to provide stability for charter organizations, facilitating funding and investment in facilities. Despite concerns raised by a Chalkbeat Indiana investigation regarding accountability, annual OEI evaluations will continue to ensure school performance. Advocates assert that longer charter contract terms do not compromise oversight, emphasizing the recognition of excellence as a positive step in charter school governance.

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