School districts across Indiana are having trouble finding people to fill open teaching positions as the number of teacher licenses issued by the state has dropped by nearly 90 percent in recent years.
A bill passed Wednesday gives the State Board of Education more authority to oversee Indiana's ISTEP program and a new grant program that gives more money to charter schools, while keeping Superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair until the next election.
More Indiana schools received top grades under a system the Indiana State Board of Education approved Friday after months of political wrangling. Among the F's was a charter school that received a controversial A rating last year.
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.