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Rise & Shine: Lawmakers change their minds about whether teachers can be ‘shot’ in active shooter trainings

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As the state continues to look into allegations raised earlier this year about Indiana Virtual School and its sister school, Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, it has analyzed data showing what courses students completed last year across all the state’s full-time virtual charter schools to get a fuller picture of what’s going on.

The results weren’t confidence-boosting, charter school advocates said. Thousands of students received state funding last year but didn’t get any credits for their classes, raising the question of whether the schools are really being held accountable. Mostly, the data bolsters what we already have heard about Indiana Virtual School and its sister school, which have said the data is not accurate, but have not so far explained how. I have more below.

— Shaina Cavazos, reporter


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