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GARY U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos put Gary on the map in a big way Friday when she visited local charter schools, complimenting the students' education and the ability of parents to make a choice in their children's education.

DeVos visited Gary Middle College and 21st Century Charter School as part of her 2017 Rethink School Tour. DeVos concluded her tour in Missouri and Indiana Friday. Throughout the week, DeVos has highlighted the unique ways in which educators across the country are meeting the needs of individual students.

The two charter schools are operated by Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation. The foundation's CEO/founder Kevin Teasley, along with dignitaries, politicians and educators from across Northwest Indiana and the state, were on hand to greet DeVos and listen in on a panel discussion where several 21st Century Charter school students talked about the number of credits they have earned on the road to a associate and bachelor's degree.

A plan for new management at an otherwise doomed Baton Rouge charter school won easy approval Tuesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The school that was in jeopardy, Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, appeared done in December when BESE voted to close the school amid dismal student performance.
The school, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, has never scored above an F in the state's annual public school ratings.

But leaders of GEO Prep Academy, a C-rated charter school, successfully proposed taking over Baton Rouge Charter Academy starting with the fall of 2017. GEO Prep is an open enrollment operation and 98 percent of its roughly 250 students come from poor homes, according to state documents.

BY WILL SENTELL | wsentell@theadvocate.com

A plan for new management at an otherwise doomed Baton Rouge charter school won easy approval Tuesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The school in jeopardy, Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, appeared done in December when BESE voted to close the school amid dismal student performance.

Doing Dual Credit Right

on Thursday, 13 April 2017

APRIL 13, 2017 BY JOANNE
Original Article

Schools are cheating their students by offering dual-credit lite, charges Kevin Teasley, founder of the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation in Indianapolis, on Flypaper.

Rescue in Works for BR Charter Academy

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Rescue in works for BR Charter Academy
BY CHARLES LUSSIER

clussier@theadvocate.com

An Indianapolis-based charter school group that runs an elementary school in Baton Rouge is coming to the rescue of a larger but lower-performing charter school in town that, unless something changes soon, will close in May. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education isscheduled to consider a proposal at its Tuesday meeting from GEO Prep Academy to take over Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City.

21st Century's Johnell Davis

on Thursday, 06 April 2017

GARY — Rodney Williams and Ricky Haskins were talking about the starting lineup for their 21st Century boys basketball team right before sectionals began a couple weeks ago.
The subject of freshman guard Johnell Davis — a fresh-faced 15-year-old — came up. Haskins, an assistant coach, brought up the idea of not starting the lad and bringing him off the bench with all the looming postseason pressure.

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