8 things you should know about Indiana education
- SPECIAL REPORT: In a seven-month investigation, our reporter Shaina Cavazos found that the fast-growing Indiana Virtual School has enrolled thousands of students but graduated only a tiny number, while hiring just 21 teachers last year for a student body of almost 5,000. The school’s founder, meanwhile, also founded a for-profit company that for years held contracts totaling millions of dollars to manage the school. The school defends itself as an innovative model for students with no other options. Read our full investigation.
- SCHOOL CHOICE: Indianapolis Public Schools faces competition from charter, township and private schools, and it’s unclear whether the district will be able to attract more families. Chalkbeat has the numbers on where Center Township students are enrolling.
- MORE A GRADES: Compared to last year, more Indiana districts earned A grades from the state. Indiana officials released the data Wednesday. See how your district fared in Chalkbeat, and WFYI.
- SCHOOL START DATE: An Indiana lawmaker plans to propose a later school start date in a bill for the upcoming legislative session despite several previous failed attempts. Read more from the IndyStar.
- TAKEOVER: The state has set a hearing to determine if Muncie schools should be taken over by the state and put under the control of an emergency manager. Read more from the Star Press.
- BULLYING: Indiana schools have inconsistently reported data on incidents of bullying, which is required by law. Read more from RTV6.
- DUAL CREDIT: High school teachers who teach science, technology, engineering or math courses for college credit can apply for a chance to get free graduate education. Read more from the Herald-Tribune.
- BROKEN LINK: Our apologies for the broken link on Tuesday. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the story: Thousands of Indianapolis high schoolers are choosing new schools next year as part of a district plan to move to an all-magnet system, where students choose schools by focus rather than location. Read more in Chalkbeat.
— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters