I’ve got an idea.
I want to open a school.
The plan is it revolutionize public education here in Indiana.
Indianapolis Public School 18.
It would be open to any kid within the IPS school district.
At it’s grandest it would be an actual school corporation located in multiple buildings throughout the city of Indianapolis, the state, and possibly simulcasted on PBS. However, to begin, I think the old, abandoned Broad Ripple High School would be a perfect fit. Nestled alongside the also underutilized White River, strategically placed near the Red Line to allow public access to anyone within the city of Indianapolis and the horseshoe counties of my adopted Circle City.
I want it to be a public school. I think from a logistic stand point it would be easier to partner with IPS as a magnet school. Who would I try to attract? Any student unhappy with their current school that has an interest in starting something new and a proclivity towards the arts and/or athletics. If that becomes impossible I guess I’d have to go the charter or regional agricultural science and technology center.
Ideally this school would be a partnership between me and many within the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Such as the Peyback Foundation, local universities, Indy Go, the Hamilton County Express, local artists, business, trades, and neighborhoods.
This school would be a safe place for the kids. Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 185 days a year. It would offer an education, the arts, athletics, and even more importantly an opportunity for all within its walls. First and foremost it would be an opportunity for the students and teachers to be a new model of public education in Indiana. Next it would be a co op of sorts between the administration, the faculty, the families, other affiliates, and the neighborhoods to develop a new type of approach to public education.
That’s the pitch. I know there is a lot that goes into it. Some I know. Some I don’t. If your interested or know something about opening up a school here in Indiana I’d love to have a chat.