Lawmakers’ actions this year, paired with a funding cut, represent the biggest steps the state has taken to regulate virtual charter schools since they launched a decade ago.
Over the last three decades, Indiana’s teacher-shortage areas have shifted from focusing mostly on special education to including broader areas such as math, science, and language arts.
An annual national report on preschool dumped Indiana from this year’s rankings, excluding the state’s fledging On My Way Pre-K program because of a controversial requirement that bars some families in need from signing up.
The district does not support the charter recommendation and is requesting the state board of education delay its decision by a month.
State teachers union leaders aren’t encouraging such a dramatic step at this point, but other local leaders say they want lawmakers to know that teachers are fed up and fired up.
Indiana expects to leave state funding for pre-kindergarten untouched this year due to a slower-than-hoped expansion, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
Indiana is so far behind neighboring states in teacher compensation that it would cost an estimated $658 million to make salaries more competitive, according to a new report released Tuesday.
Aleesia Johnson was picked to replace the departing Lewis Ferebee. She will be the first African-American woman to lead the district.
The district doesn’t plan to choose a new superintendent to replace Lewis Ferebee until after three new board members are sworn in next month.
Nearly two-thirds of schools received As or Bs under the Indiana system, according to two sets of grades released Wednesday.
Rhondalyn Cornett was asked to resign and did so Thursday, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association. In a text message, she declined to comment.
More high school students were affected by grading problems involving this year’s ISTEP test than previously estimated, the Indiana Department of Education said Monday.
Four years ago, then-Gov. Mike Pence created an uproar when he decided against applying for up to $80 million in federal dollars to develop the state’s fledgling public prekindergarten program. Today, Gov. Eric Holcomb faces a similar decision.
After 14 years and some of the highest school suspension numbers in the state, an Indianapolis charter network that has seen high academic achievement is relaxing its controversial approach to discipline in the upcoming school year.
In many parts of the city, the proliferation of charter schools is pushing the school choice conversation beyond simply providing more options to focusing on the quality of those options.
Four schools have indicated to the Indianapolis mayor’s office that they’re interested in applying for charters. Three would replicate existing school models.
Now in its seventh year, Indiana’s voucher program expanded by slightly more than 1,000 students in the 2017-18 school year
Roiled by unsustainable debts, a disintegrating school board and violations of state requirements, Indiana College Preparatory School in Indianapolis will close at the end of the school year.