Parents Can't Get Information on What Takeover Schools Will Offer from Indiana DOE

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Monday, November 28, 2011

The contracts for next school year -- the ones that will actually provide the type of information parents need, such as which programs, curriculum and extracurricular activities will be provided -- will not be approved and made public until probably spring.

Kelly Shaffer would like to make an informed decision about where to send her honor student to school next year.

The Indiana Department of Education's decision to take over her daughter's current school -- Howe Community High School -- isn't helping.

Here's the problem: The state has signed one-year contracts for the current school year with the two companies and one nonprofit that will take over Howe and four other failing Indiana schools next year.

But the contracts for next school year -- the ones that will actually provide the type of information parents need, such as which programs, curriculum and extracurricular activities will be provided -- will not be approved and made public until probably spring, according to an IDOE official.

"I want to know, 'Are you having honors classes? What will the honors classes be like? What sports are you offering?' " Shaffer said. "I want to plan now."

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