Those in the trenches say structural barriers—the most significant seems to be teacher training and quality—must be solved before basic classes that explain how computers work and more advanced coding and web-development courses can flourish throughout Indiana’s secondary schools.
Indianapolis Public Schools and union leaders disagree about how it happened, but the impact is clear. The school principal will be able to fire teachers more easily—and pay them thousands of dollars more than teachers at other IPS schools.
Indiana lawmakers are considering a measure that requires state officials to publicize the percentage of teachers who are union members and, in some cases, inform them that they can get rid of or change that representation.
One proposal that would give school districts authority to negotiate higher pay with individual teachers faces an uncertain fate after the Republican Senate leader pronounced it dead Thursday. Another measure is still alive in the House.
A bill that would create a path for teachers to try to negotiate extra pay and manage their own pension funds passed the Indiana House on Wednesday despite passionate opposition from Democrats and others.
A key state lawmaker says he plans to sponsor a bill in the next legislative session that would allow new teachers to choose a retirement program similar to a 401(k) plan instead of the traditional pension system.