Three voucher schools ask school board for waiver from poor grades

Indiana's state school board will consider delaying consequences for three voucher-accepting private schools, less than two weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a law allowing such schools to make the request.

Voucher schools that receive D or F school grades for two consecutive years face consequences that can include being unable to accept new voucher students until school grades improve.

Three schools are asking the board to let them accept new voucher students—and state money—in the upcoming school year. A meeting on the issue is scheduled for Wednesday in Evansville.

Central Christian Academy in Indianapolis, Lutheran South Unity School in Fort Wayne and Turning Point Schools in Lawrence all would otherwise be unable to accept new voucher students. They each received an A or B in the 2015-16 school year, after three years of Ds or Fs.

Many schools were able to bounce back from poor grades they received in 2014-15 because the state altered its letter grade system for the 2015-16 year, Chalkbeat Indiana reported last week. Under the new system, schools get more credit for how well students do on the ISTEP test and for how much they improve from the previous year.

Chalkbeat said memos posted this week by state board staffers indicate they are recommending approval to the board for all three waiver requests.

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