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.