Charter Schools USA is in the midst of their third year operating three former IPS schools – Manual and Howe High Schools and Emma Donnan Middle Schools. Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, the founder of Charter Schools USA Jon Hage and his wife Sherry Hage who’s in charge of academics for their charter schools network talked with Amos about the progress their three Indianapolis schools have made. Jon and Sherry Hage also talked about their efforts in working positively with IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee on ways the two institutions can work better together.
Jon Hage talked about Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to increase funding for charter schools in Indiana by $1,500 per student. Saying this would compensate charters for not having access to funds for transportation and building construction and maintenance that traditional public schools receive from local taxpayers. Hage also talked about the struggles in improving student achievement at their three Indianapolis schools. Especially the surprisingly low academic achievement among non-Hispanic white students. A subject rarely discussed. John Hage said that chronic and high poverty is the major reason that holds students back from achieving. In the interview, Amos also asked John Hage, who worked for Jeb Bush when Bush was Governor of Florida in the 1990’s and early 2000’s whether he thought Jeb Bush would run for President in 2016. Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos interview with John and Sherry Hage of Charter Schools USA. Runs 18 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One.