First enrollment fair today for displaced Flanner House Elementary students

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Excited about starting Kindergarten at Flanner House Elementary, little Ramon already learned a life lesson.

Things don't always go as planned.

"His feelings were hurt," said Lauren Alcox, his grandmother. "My feelings were hurt."

The school board voted to close Flanner House Elementary school last week amid allegations of widespread cheating on the ISTEP+ tests at every grade level. This came after suspicions and an investigation by the Mayor's Office and the Department of Education.

The pending closure has left dozens of disappointed families scrambling to find new schools. Monday that meant stopping in at an enrollment fair Tuesday morning at the Watkins Family Center.

"When parents and students arrive, they are greeted by 25 different schools — public, private, charter — info and can enroll right there during the enrollment fair," said Marc Lotter with the city of Indianapolis.

The city is hosting another enrollment fair Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. at the Watkins Family Center.

While the investigation continues into the allegations, students and parents are learning they have to move on.

For Ramon, that means moving to another charter school.