charter schools

Donnelly To Oppose Betsy DeVos For Ed Secretary

Jan 25, 2017
Joe Donnelly

Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he will oppose Betsy DeVos -- President Trump’s pick for education secretary.

In a video posted Wednesday, Donnelly says DeVos lacks a commitment to public education. 

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A group of Indiana University researchers has released a report comparing the mechanics of school voucher programs in a handful of states, including Indiana. 

IU's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy wanted to compare the school voucher programs in Indiana, The District of Columbia, Arizona, Louisiana, Ohio and Wisconsin – all places where any student that meets an income requirement can receive a state voucher.

A school voucher gives state money to a low-income student to pay for private school tuition.

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Two Indiana laws intended to prevent failing charter schools from escaping closure or accountability through finding another sponsor could face their first test soon.

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, one of the state’s oldest charter schools, is set to lose its charter this summer after sponsor Ball State University declined to renew it -- citing an ongoing lack of governance and fiscal concerns.

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A charter school company contacted by the state to turnaround three former Indianapolis schools told the State Board of Education today that a reduction in funding could soon impact students’ academic progress.

In 2014, the Florida-based Charter Schools USA protested the state's decision to reduce its funding for the three struggling schools. Since then, the amount of school improvement grants has continued to shrink.

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Public hearings are expected to start next month on the future of four long-troubled schools under state intervention.

All are in the fifth year of turnaround efforts by the State Board of Education and have been run by a charter school company picked by the board since 2012.

The board now must decide if the schools are returned to their home school corporation, changed into a charter school or some other combination of those options.

Two National Reports Laud Indiana Charter Schools

Dec 11, 2015
Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

Two national reports out this week give high praise to Indiana and Indianapolis for its policies governing charter schools.

Indiana ranks as one of the two best states out of 43 for policies on creating and policing charter schools by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, or NAC-SA.

The Chicago-based group promotes eight guidelines, including closing failing charters and public reporting.

Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

There are a lot of moving parts to school budgets and plenty of different types of schools to deal with. And in some cases, the federal government gets involved, which adds another layer of confusion.

That appears to be what’s happening with this year’s Title I funding situation in Indiana. A number of charter schools saw their Title I funds decrease this year – while in some cases, nearby traditional public schools saw an increase.

Purdue University

There’s a storm brewing between Purdue’s faculty and its Board of Trustees over the issue of tenure.

When last year’s Gallup-Purdue Index showed Purdue faculty have historically been poor at mentoring students, Trustees insisted a metric measuring faculty-student engagement be included in the tenure decision-making process.

Claire McInerny / StateImpact Indiana

Dual language immersion programs are catching on in Indiana’s schools.  The programs have been shown to increase test scores.

There are only a half dozen right now, but the state is investing $500,000 to launch five pilots this year.

StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny explains how these programs function, by starting in one of the state’s oldest dual language programs.

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A court ruling blocking charter schools in Washington State isn't expected to affect Indiana charters.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Friday that charters can't be funded like public schools because their boards are appointed, not elected.

Ohio-based Carpe Diem Learning Systems CEO Bob Sommers says charters' public status in most states, including Indiana, is already settled law -- Washington established its charters later than most states, and has what Sommers calls a quirk in its state constitution which resulted in the courtroom defeat.