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Indiana online schools
behind closed doors
June 10, 2019
Indiana Virtual School wants to deal with charter revocation privately to avoid ‘mudslinging’
Leaders of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy missed a second chance to submit a response to the accusations from their charter authorizer.
May 2, 2019
After years of debate, some stronger oversight of virtual schools signed into Indiana law
Lawmakers’ actions, paired with a funding cut, represent the biggest steps the state has taken to regulate virtual charter schools since they launched a decade ago.
April 24, 2019
‘A shot across the bow’: Indiana cuts back on public funding for virtual charter schools
In the new budget approved late Wednesday, lawmakers dropped funding levels for online students to 85 percent of what students at brick-and-mortar public schools receive.
April 12, 2019
At least 465 truant students were kicked out of Indiana virtual schools under a law meant to keep them there
Data requested by Chalkbeat shows, for the first time since the policy was put in place, how it plays out in schools.
April 11, 2019
Virtual schools see major budget cuts under Indiana Senate plan
Senate lawmakers have traditionally been more skeptical about virtual schools than their House counterparts.
April 10, 2019
Indiana paid for thousands of students who never earned credits at virtual charter schools
While the number of online school students earning zero credits has decreased from 2017 to 2018, that figure still remains particularly high at some schools.
April 8, 2019
This bill was meant to check virtual schools. Now, lawmakers are watering it down again
House education committee members voted 9-0 Monday to amend a Senate bill, further watering it down while folding in measures from similar bills.
virtual charter schools
April 2, 2019
Some parents say getting help was like ‘pulling teeth’ as troubled Indiana virtual schools grew
The experiences of parents and students who spoke to Chalkbeat varied widely — some said the virtual schools were a "lifesaver." Others called them a "waste of time."
March 25, 2019
Indiana virtual schools granted extra time to defend themselves against troubling allegations
The Daleville public school board voted to push back the public hearing about whether the virtual schools’ charters should be revoked, which could lead to their closure.
March 20, 2019
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.
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.
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.
February 26, 2019
‘It takes your breath away.’ Advocates shocked by special education problems at embattled virtual schools
State officials outlined a high student-to-teacher ratio, problems with transition IEPs, and an attempt to use special education funds to pay for a trip to Hawaii.
February 26, 2019
No-show students and other allegations against troubled virtual schools spark outrage from state leaders
The harsh words came a day after the virtual charter schools were put on notice that their charter agreements could be revoked by their oversight agency.
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