Updated: February 1, 2013 11:16PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis’ mayor wants state education officials to give him authority over four struggling schools taken over by the state last year.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Mayor Greg Ballard will ask the State Board of Education on Wednesday to give him authority to oversee the four former Indianapolis Public Schools. Ballard currently oversees 22 charter schools with about 8,900 students.
The four schools he wants authority over are Arlington, Howe and Manual high schools and Donnan Middle School. The state took over those Indianapolis schools last summer after they earned F grades on state report cards for six straight years.
The takeovers of the academically failing schools were a first in Indiana history. Private companies are now managing those four schools and a fifth one in Gary.