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Shaina covers state policy for Chalkbeat, including the Indiana State Board of Education, the state legislature, academic standards, testing, teaching and other issues.
15 hours ago
How lax oversight and rapid growth fueled dismal results for Indiana’s virtual charter schools
Online charter schools have morphed from small programs designed to serve a niche group of students into giant catch-alls for some of Indiana’s hardest-to-serve.
1 day ago
Rise & Shine: Lawmakers move ahead with plans to appoint state superintendent
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. LOSING BID: An Indianapolis charter school…
2 days ago
Low test scores and shrinking enrollment cost Indianapolis Academy of Excellence its charter
The board voted 4-1 to not renew the charter, and board staff said the school will likely close at the end of the year.
March 15, 2019
Rise & Shine: IPS creates new gender-specific mentoring groups for students
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. SPEAKING OUT: Most of the more…
March 14, 2019
Parents and educators plead with Indiana lawmakers not to cut aid for ‘those who need it most’
Most of the people who testified before the state subcommittee criticized a House Republican proposal to cut $105 million for high-needs students.
behind the budget
March 13, 2019
Indiana House Republicans suggest slashing $105 million from aid for low-income students
Educators in city schools say they need complexity funding to support children who come to school with more trauma and challenges.
March 13, 2019
Rise & Shine: Families make strong show of support after traffic control officer injured on the job
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. NEW RULES?: Indianapolis Public Schools is…
March 9, 2019
Indiana teachers call on lawmakers to ‘do what’s right’ and raise pay during statewide rally
The rally, hosted by the Indiana State Teachers Association, comes as teacher salaries have dominated this year’s legislative debates.
March 8, 2019
Rise & Shine: Teacher rally could draw hundreds from Northwest Indiana
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. INTRODUCING…: Aleesia Johnson, interim superintendent of…
March 6, 2019
Rise & Shine: It’s official — Lewis Ferebee is chancellor of D.C. schools
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. ARE WE THERE YET?: This year’s…
Behind the numbers
March 5, 2019
Indiana is set to spend more than $160 million on vouchers this year, though growth has slowed
Indiana is still home to one of the nation’s largest and broadest voucher programs.
At the halfway mark
March 5, 2019
Why critics say Indiana isn’t going far enough to address online schools’ biggest problems
The two bills largely ignore some of the stronger measures proposed by the state board of education and national school choice advocates.
March 1, 2019
Rise & Shine: Here’s what’s on deck for the second half of this year’s legislative session
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. WHO’S NEXT?: Indianapolis Public Schools parents,…
February 28, 2019
Almost 10,000 students went to this online school last year. 851 stayed the whole time
The virtual schools’ superintendent has called the data and claims based on it inaccurate but has not said what the errors are specifically.
Updated February 27, 2019
Can Indiana recoup funds from troubled virtual schools? That might be part of a state investigation
The allegations prompted the authorizer's board to begin the process to revoke the schools’ charters — a path that could end with the schools closing.
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