Families, board members clash over school merger

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — People spend a lot of time criticizing IPS, but Tuesday night defenders of public school education came out and had a discussion.

They crowded into a meeting of the Indianapolis Public School Board members to defend their favorite schools and to challenge an IPS plan to move some students.

The plan would move the International Baccalaureate program at Gambold Preparatory School to Shortridge High School. The Magnet Program at Shortridge would move to Tech High School.

“Moving Gambold Prep to Shortridge would enhance education for all scholars,” one student said. “Moving opens up a plethora of doors for developing education as well as extracurricular activities.”

IPS administrators designed the magnet school redesign around five schools. The school system said the plan would, among other things, allow better use of buildings and more streamlined choices.

Board members heard from many doubters.

“Please vote no on this rushed, divisive magnet redesign and open up more discussion and decision on the first IPS super school for the 21st century,” one parent said in the meeting.

The board voted Tuesday night 4-to-1 to make that move.

A similar proposal involves the Broad Ripple High School Media and Mass Communications Magnet Program. Tuesday night, the board agreed to shift that discussion to next month.

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