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Purdue to open STEM-focused high school aimed at inner city youth

Purdue University plans to open a STEM-focused charter school in Indianapolis, university President Mitch Daniels said Thursday.

Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School will create a bridge for inner city students to gain admission to Purdue.

“Our two basic objectives are to offer an alternative learning environment designed to better prepare students for today's workplace and to increase significantly the unacceptably low number of Indianapolis Public School students who are qualified to succeed at Purdue,” said Daniels, noting the initiative is aimed at preparing growing low-income, first-generation and minority students to succeed.

After a year of work, a steering committee whose members come from Purdue, the city, USA Funds and EmployIndy, has completed plans for the school which will likely be built downtown and whose startup will be funded by a $500,000 planning grant provided by USA Funds.

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