About Us : 


James Betley

Executive Director

James Betley serves as the Executive Director for the Indiana Charter School Board.  Prior to joining the ICSB, Mr. Betley served as the Deputy Director of Education Policy for Governor Mike Pence and Technical Advisor to the State Board of Education and as the General Counsel and Director of Policy for the Indiana State Board of Education.  Prior to joining state government, he spent almost six years as an attorney at Ice Miller, LLP in Indianapolis where he focused on tax-exempt and governmental clients including school corporations, colleges and universities, and charter organizers, authorizers, and management companies.  He received his B.A. in English from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Michelle McKeown

General Counsel

Dr. Michelle McKeown serves at the General Counsel for the Indiana Charter School Board. In this role, Dr. McKeown facilitates compliance of the ICSB with all relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations. She advises the ICSB on any new laws and regulations that pertain to charter authorizing and charter schools and plays a lead role in holding ICSB-authorized schools accountable for their performance. Prior to joining the ICSB, Dr. McKeown served as the General Counsel to the Indiana State Board of Education and the Director of Legal Affairs for the Indiana Department of Education.  She is the author of a number of publications discussing education policy issues including school governance litigation, Title IX and pregnant students, constitutional litigation, teachers' rights, the Equal Access Act, and restraint and seclusion. In addition, she has been an invited speaker at both local and national conferences on various education law issues, including civil rights for teachers and students as well as emerging legal issues in special education. She received her B.A. from DePauw University and her J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. After practicing law in Kentucky, where her firm represented the local school board, she returned to IU to earn her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.