November 28, 2018

Shortridge High School Parents Sue IPS For Deceptive Advertising

Shortridge High School Parents Sue IPS For Deceptive Advertising

The parents of a Shortridge High School student are suing Indianapolis Public Schools over what they say was deceptive advertising.

Michael and Mary Poore say Shortridge exaggerated its relationship with Butler University, which led them to believe their son could take tuition-free Butler math courses while in high school.

The Poore’s son surpassed the level of math Shortridge High School could offer. The parents and school looked for an alternative option such as an online class or college course. 

In Wednesday's bench trial, Shortridge officials testified they never implied that the district would pay for a college math course. Poore’s attorneys say marketing materials and school officials led them to believe differently.

In a statement, IPS said the district does not comment on pending litigation but is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education for all students.

The Poore's are suing under claims of violation of the Indiana Constitution, breach of contract, negligence, and breach of the consumer sales statute.

The family is seeking reimbursement for the cost of the college math course and attorney fees.

The bench trial is scheduled to continue Thursday, Nov. 29 in Marion County Superior Court. 

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