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Emails reveal deep worries about takeover school

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's decision to shift operation of a failing Indianapolis school to a private company in 2012 prompted former schools chief Tony Bennett's staff to question whether the company was doing enough to improve the situation.

The Indianapolis Star reports Bennett's top aides were so alarmed by disarray at T.C. Howe High School that Bennett's chief of staff suggested checking the contract with school operator Charter Schools USA for options.

The state took over failing schools in Indianapolis and Gary in 2012 after they earned six consecutive F grades for poor test performance.

Observers described chaos and unsafe conditions at Howe, but Bennett downplayed the situation and didn't seek drastic action.

The situation has since improved, and state education board members say they stand by the takeover strategy.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star