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State wants to take over 4 schools in Indy, 1 in Gary

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 4:09 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's public schools chief wants the state to take over operation of four troubled schools that are part of Indiana's largest school district.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett recommended Thursday that the State Board of Education authorize his department to take over Arlington Community High School, Howe Community High School, Manual High School and Emma Donnan Middle School.

All four are part of Indianapolis Public Schools, whose superintendent has threatened to sue the state over any takeovers.

The announcements represent Indiana's first effort to take over underperforming schools. Bennett also recommended Thursday a state takeover of a Gary high school and "targeted interventions" for Broad Ripple Magnet School and Washington Community High School in Indianapolis.

The State Board of Education will meet Monday to vote on Bennett's recommendations.