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.
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.
Beginning in 2021, the Indiana Department of Education will be led by a secretary of education.
Indiana’s governor would begin appointing the state schools superintendent in 2021 instead of 2025, under a proposal endorsed Wednesday by the House Education Committee. Voters traditionally have elected the superintendent.
Indiana graduation rates have held relatively steady since 2011, fluctuating by small amounts each year.
Lawmakers have expressed support for increasing teacher pay in the next two-year budget, but the size of Jennifer McCormick’s request could be much more than what’s available.
The emergency manager who oversees the financially struggling Gary school district put 33 closed schools up for sale, but only one property received interest.
Hundreds of teachers assembled at Indiana University to take in lectures, hit the books and do some hands-on training as part of the inaugural Pathfinders Summer Institute.
Schools will receive grades this year from a state accountability law and through the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
The Hoosier Academy school board voted in September not to renew the charter of its full-time online school after months of scrutiny from the state, dropping enrollment, and poor academic performance.
The step comes nearly five months after Gov. Eric Holcomb called for “immediate attention and action” on Indiana’s subpar online charter schools.
The concept of requiring schools to offer computer science courses is part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2018 legislative agenda.
Currently four different diplomas are offered. The bill would require the state board of education to create the “Indiana Diploma” as the state’s new baseline.
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.
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.
An Indiana panel working to create new graduation guidelines for the state's high schools has recommended getting rid of the graduation qualifying exam requirement.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said there would be “no more stove-pipe approach,” referring to criticisms by some legislative leaders that the workforce development system is convoluted and divided into isolated silos.
Byron Ernest worked for K12 Inc., one of the nation’s largest online school providers. Hoosier Academies contracts with K12 to manage its schools.
Compared to 2016, almost a quarter of schools improved by one or more letter grades in 2017, and about the same number saw grades drop. More than half of schools ended up with the same grade.
A state-appointed emergency manager began operating the school district six weeks ago after elected trustees failed to pass balanced budgets and ran up more than $100 million in debt.