charter schools

A Lafayette area lawmaker says upcoming legislative deadlines mean there will be a push into next week to move a lot of bills.  Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says many education proposal are among those needing final votes in both the House and Senate.

He says those include a voucher bill for low-income children to attend preschool and a measure regulating virtual charter schools. Truitt says he’s "not too excited" about another bill expanding the current school voucher program.

Ball State ending some charter school agreements

Jan 22, 2013

Ball State University won’t renew the charters of seven schools in Gary, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Richmond for the 2013-14 academic year. The authorizer has been under scrutiny since a Stanford study concluded Indiana charter students would have made bigger gains over the last decade if not for a handful of low-performing schools authorized by Ball State. 

All of the schools whose charters Ball State University didn’t renew received a D or an F in the state’s accountability system last year. But so did five of the 11 schools Ball State will continue to authorize.

Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Ed Eiler says the public school system helps develop a more cohesive society. He says this is threatened by charter schools and vouchers.

Eiler says school-of-choice opens the door for segregation of people from different income, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

He expects LSC to lose about $300,000 due to the state's new voucher law, with about half of that as a result of the 28 students who left the district to go to a charter school. Eiler says taking away tax breaks for these schools will result in diminished support.