Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 22, 2013

Ball State pulls sponsorship of 7 charter schools

The Associated Press

Muncie — Ball State University has pulled its sponsorship of seven Indiana charter schools plagued by long-running academic woes.

Office of Charter School Executive Director Bob Marra said in a statement Tuesday that an extensive review of 20 of the charter schools Ball State sponsors showed that the seven schools' "current success or progress isn't sufficient." The university's contract with all seven of the schools will end June 30.

Those seven schools include three Fort Wayne charter schools, Imagine MASTer Academy, Timothy L. Johnson Academy and Imagine Schools on Broadway. Two Gary schools, Charter School of the Dunes and LEAD College Preparatory Charter School, also are losing their sponsorship.

The two others denied contract renewals are Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy-East in Indianapolis and Kenneth A. Christmon STEMM Leadership Academy in Richmond.