Amid the outcry over a new state investigation detailing an alleged $85 million self-dealing scheme at two Indiana virtual charter schools, state leaders are asking why it took years to catch large-scale enrollment inflation and widespread financial conflicts of interest.
The two virtual charter schools—Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy—shut down last summer after allegations of enrollment fraud first emerged.
The downfall of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy placed Daleville Community Schools under a microscope.
Five years into Indianapolis Public Schools’ unconventional partnerships with charter operators, the district appears likely to renew its first contracts amid some positive initial results.
The Indiana Charter School Board denied charters Friday for three Indianapolis turnaround schools—a stunning move that could spell the end to the Florida-based Charter Schools USA’s operations in Indianapolis.
So many teachers asked to take Nov. 19 off to rally at the Indiana Statehouse for higher pay that nearly 30 districts across the state have canceled school or scheduled e-learning days.
Voters across Indiana, weighing school referendum requests from 10 districts in Tuesday’s elections, approved seven measures and turned down six others.
Lawmakers decided to open up pre-K to all eligible families in Indiana, rather than restricting pre-K vouchers to 20 counties.
With the board’s dissolution, it’s unclear who remains responsible for Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy.
The missing paychecks for 38 teachers and a handful of administrators come as the state claims the schools collected $47 million more than they should have after over-reporting enrollment.
Investigators want to know who got paid with the millions of public funds that flowed to Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy.
The attorney for two scandal-plagued virtual charter schools appeared before an authorizing board Monday night and described the schools as effectively closed.
In attempt to recover state money that two virtual charter schools received for allegedly non-existent students, Indiana has cut off public dollars to Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, according to letters sent Friday by the state education department.
The state education board voted unanimously to try to recover about $40 million from Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy after the state examiner found the schools inflated enrollments with inactive and out-of-state students—and, in one case, a student who had died.
Two school years after a student died, Indiana Virtual School kept him on its rolls and received state funding to educate him. And that was just one example of how the school inflated enrollment by hundreds of students, according to the findings of a state examiner’s investigation.
The tentative agreement between Indiana Virtual School, its sister school and its oversight agency comes several months after allegations emerged that the long-troubled charter network enrolled thousands of inactive students.
Indianapolis Public Schools' interim superintendent, Aleesia Johnson, and the other two finalists will face public interviews on Tuesday.
Prominent Indianapolis charter network Tindley Accelerated Schools will consolidate its five schools to three amid continued financial hurdles that have hindered the organization in recent years.
As the school choice debate emerges as an issue in the presidential election, Bart Peterson, an architect of Indianapolis’ charter-school movement, says the schools aren’t fighting back strongly enough against their critics.
The local districts were among 10 school districts statewide that sought funding from voters to supplement the state and local money they already receive.