As lawmakers prepare to extend control over two public school districts, some civic leaders are questioning the disparate treatment of Gary, a majority-black district, and Muncie, a predominantly white one.
The step comes nearly five months after Gov. Eric Holcomb called for “immediate attention and action” on Indiana’s subpar online charter schools.
A recently released study raises questions about whether charter schools improve academic achievement for students in Indiana more than traditional public schools.
Nearly two decades after charter schools started operating in Indiana, officials have released the first state-mandated report on what they look like and how they’re doing.
That means for this year, the 2018-19 school year, and possibly longer, Indiana schools will be measured according to two different yardsticks—a state model introduced in 2016 and a federal system that complies with the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
The Indiana Department of Education has very little data on how the 30,000 children in foster care perform in school. New legislation aims to change that.
A member of the Indiana State Board of Education said the district’s plan to ask voters this May to approve two referendums to increase funding has not been transparent. He also called the proposed tax increase way too high.
Less than a week after introducing the idea, an Indiana senator killed a proposal Tuesday that would have allowed school districts to hire up to 10 percent of their teachers without a traditional state teaching licenses.
The measure, added during a Senate Education Committee meeting, would ostensibly let public schools be more competitive with charter schools at a time when many districts are having difficulty finding qualified teachers.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has signed off on Indiana’s federally required education plan, ushering in another era of changes—although not exactly major ones—to the state’s public school system.
Indiana’s high school graduation rate steadily climbed from 78 percent to 87 percent from 2007 to 2011. But since then, it has barely budged.
Student test scores would play a bigger role in determining school A-F grades under new draft rules approved Wednesday by the Indiana State Board of Education.
Indiana lawmakers have a proposal to shuffle state money around to cover an $11.8 million shortfall in school funding that emerged late last year.
The governor called the performance of one of the biggest online schools, Indiana Virtual, “unsatisfactory.” It has received more than $20 million in state funding while graduating about 61 students.
The district’s website says that the operating funds would be used to raise teacher pay and special needs services. The construction funds would pay to upgrade buildings and make safety improvements.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick laid out her agenda for the upcoming year on Tuesday, listing priorities ahead of the next General Assembly.
Indiana Virtual School has attracted thousands of students but graduated very few. A Chalkbeat Indiana investigation found the school’s founder hired his own company to manage the school, for which it received millions of dollars.
Indiana was set to move ahead with a new company to create a test to replace ISTEP, but a rejected competitor threw a wrench into the process.
The Hoosier Academy school board has voted to not renew the charter of its full-time online school after months of scrutiny from the state, dropping enrollment, and poor academic performance.