Indiana

Rise & Shine: Ben Davis career center offers training for students in fields such as aviation

Good morning,

It’s been almost 10 years since virtual charter schools started up in Indiana, and they’ve exploded in growth — now they serve more than 13,000 students.

But while their enrollment has skyrocketed, they have struggled academically. And, in some cases, low performance has inspired serious concerns about how they educate kids. Along the way, lawmakers have hesitated to regulate them, but combined the schools have continued to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding.

How’d we get here? Shaina has the story.

Plus, Indianapolis Public Schools is continuing to chart a new course in its relationship with charter schools — this time, the district is considering using property tax money to fund free busing for students in the KIPP schools the district houses.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter


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VIRTUAL SCHOOLS: Online charter schools have morphed over the past decade from small programs designed to serve a niche group of students into giant catch-alls for some of Indiana’s hardest-to-serve students. Chalkbeat

SHARING: The Indianapolis Public Schools board will vote Thursday on whether to provide some KIPP charter school students free busing, a move that would give the schools rare access to services funded by local property tax money. Chalkbeat, WFYI

NEWBIES: Research out of Los Angeles finds that teachers in their first few years end up in classrooms with more struggling students and in schools with fewer experienced colleagues. Chalkbeat

CAREER TRAINING: The career center at Ben Davis High School offers students training in areas including aviation, health science, and engineering. WTHR