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Chalkbeat Indiana: As Purdue prepares to open a high school this fall, leaders are already talking about a network

Purdue University won’t open the doors to its first high school for another five months, but its leaders are already planning for more. Purdue Polytechnic High School will open this fall in Indianapolis with 150 freshmen taking part in a bold experiment: using a new project-based curriculum focused on science and math skills to better serve low-income students and students of color. As part of the Indianapolis Public Schools innovation network, the high school will also have an unusual stru…

Indianapolis Business Journal: Fairbanks Foundation sharpens focus in quest to maximize impact

For more than 30 years, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation operated without a specific vision. Its founder, Indianapolis businessman Richard M. Fairbanks II, who led the organization until his death in August 2000, intentionally did not set strict parameters for how funds should be spent. He established the foundation in 1986 with a $5,000 contribution as a way to keep his estate from either going directly to his children—whom he believed could be ruined by inherited wealth—or being dimi…

The Indianapolis Star: What if drug addictions were treated like a heart attack?

The fear was that it was futile. Emergency responders would deliver naloxone in the field, bring heroin users back from the brink of death, take them to a hospital for a quick check, and a few hours later, the patient would head back to the life that had brought them there in the first place. As the number of naloxone doses administered each year soared, Eskenazi Health emergency room doctors felt compelled to respond. Last year they started a pilot program with a $20,000 grant from Drug Free…
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