After three years of struggle, there a little bit of upward movement and progress at some of the former IPS takeover schools. In the 2013-2014 A-F State Accountability grades, troubled Manual High School on Indy’s southside made enough progress last school year to move from an “F to a “D” grade. In an exclusive Afternoons with Amos interview, Sherry Hage, Chief Academic Office of Charter Schools USA, which operates Manual along with Howe High School and Emma Donnan Middle School talked about the progress those three schools have experienced. Hage told Amos and listeners that the dedication of teachers and staff and a more stable student population is helping improve student performance not just manual but the other two Indianapolis Charter Schools USA schools. On the issue of disproportionate levels of suspensions and expulsions at the schools, Hage said that new techniques are being employed, called Restorative Discipline, that is keeping kids in school and reducing discipline problems. With the operator of Arlington High School, Indy’s other takeover school, saying they want to be let out of their contract with the State, Amos asked Hage if Charter Schools USA would be interested in taking over that school. Hage was also asked about Charter Schools USA’s request to the State Board of Education to be allowed to open middle and elementary schools to provide a quality education to prospective students at Emma Donnan, Howe and Manual. Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos Interview with Charter USA’s Sherry Hage. Runs 14 Minutes. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.