By Donna Griffin
IPS teachers, parents and the community – you might want to check out where $2.1 million of taxpayers’ money may be going – to a Boston-based consulting firm called “Mass Insight Education.”
This is word for word from the agenda for the March 17 meeting of the IPS Board of School Commissioners: “Upon receipt of an invoice in a form agreed to by the parties, the Client (IPS) will pay to Consultant (Mass Insight Education) for Services rendered under this Agreement, the total sum $2,150,000 (Two Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars), to be invoiced as follows: $200,000 within 30 days of contract signature, then quarterly payments of $150,000 each by June 30, 2015, September 30, 2015, December 31, 2015, March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016, December 31, 2016, March 30, 2017, June 30, 2017, September 30, 2017, December 31, 2017, US.55910978.01March 30, 2018 and the balance of $150,000 after the Client has received all agreed‐upon deliverables.”
And the superintendent is recommending approval of this contract.
Basically, the plan is to begin transforming IPS schools in a way remarkably like the Mind Trust proposed about three years ago in its “Opportunity Schools Report”.
Here’s the first part of the report the board will be voting on regarding the scope of the consulting duties:
Mass Insight Education (MIE) will be:
•Working collaboratively with IPS leadership to promote the success of a decentralized support system (through the district’s learning communities) that serves networks of schools according to their unique needs and provides school leaders and models autonomy according to their demonstrated abilities;
• Creating a Transformation Zone for school turnaround, in which a cluster of low-performing schools receive greater site-level flexibility over operating conditions, in exchange for strong accountability;
• Building and implementing a communications and engagement strategy – including the development of an Advisory Council – to continue strategic collaboration between communities, schools, and partners in a way that provides sustainability for the changes instituted; and
• To build IPS’s capacity and infrastructure for both transforming schools at scale and building excellence in these schools for the longer process of sustained improvement.
CHECK OUT more on what is involved while there is still time to have a say on the IPS website in Board Docs