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Indiana online schools
reviewing the rules
August 7, 2018
Hoosiers paid $1 million for a rural district to oversee online charter schools. Is it too much?
Critics are raising questions about the payments, illustrating ongoing tensions about the state's foray into virtual education and how authorizers are regulated.
August 1, 2018
As Indiana’s virtual charters struggle, some school leaders balk at more oversight
In 2017, every full-time virtual charter school received an F-grade from the state.
July 31, 2018
Should Indiana cut schools slack when kids move a lot? Some online school leaders say yes.
High student mobility is typical of many online schools, where students can learn from anywhere without direct supervision.
July 2, 2018
Facing state scrutiny, Indiana charter school steps back from virtual plan
The school is set to open later this month.
June 13, 2018
Indiana online charter schools face scrutiny at Congressional committee hearing
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici said advocates lauded charter schools while ignoring the problems of online charter schools.
June 12, 2018
4 takeaways from Indiana’s first review of its troubled virtual charter schools
The committee met for the first time Tuesday.
June 11, 2018
‘How long do we let them fail’? Indiana committee begins review of virtual charter school rules
The committee, made up of members of the state board of education, are expected to provide recommendations for regulating the fast-growing sector of virtual schools.
June 6, 2018
These Indiana students overcame long odds to graduate from an online school
Most students don't graduate from virtual charter schools, but for some students, online schools do work.
May 31, 2018
In the Wild West of virtual learning, an Indiana charter school is opening in an unlikely place — a farm
The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School is set to open in July.
May 2, 2018
Indiana state board OKs committee to consider virtual charter school rules
The resolution proposed by board member Gordon Hendry was approved by an 8-0 vote on Wednesday.
April 27, 2018
Indiana education officials are taking another look at regulating virtual charter schools
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to vote Wednesday.
March 6, 2018
A tiny Indiana district is banking on virtual education to survive. But at what cost?
As a result, lawmakers are taking steps to learn more about districts that pursue in-house virtual education programs.
February 14, 2018
Indiana lawmakers aren’t cracking down on virtual charter schools despite calls for change
None of the bills proposed this year dealt directly with virtual schools, and none of them received any hearings.
January 29, 2018
Charter advocacy group ranks Indiana’s law No. 1, but calls for greater virtual school accountability
For the third year in a row, Indiana was recognized by a leading charter school advocacy group for having the nation’s strongest charter school…
January 12, 2018
Indiana Virtual School has the lowest graduation rate of any public school in the state
The graduation data comes months after a Chalkbeat Investigation found widespread low performance at Indiana Virtual School.
January 4, 2018
Two Indiana Senate bills would tighten up rules for charter school oversight
The bills come two months after a Chalkbeat investigation into Indiana Virtual School.
December 7, 2017
Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’
Holcomb is not alone in calling for Indiana to address the poor academic track records of statewide online charter schools.
December 7, 2017
Indiana teachers union calls on lawmakers to restore $9.3 million in state dollars to public schools
Meredith said she is hopeful about ISTA's goals and already in talks with both Republican and Democrat lawmakers.
November 29, 2017
Indiana online charter schools need more oversight. These 3 changes could help.
Online charters have a long history — in Indiana and across the U.S. — of low academic performance.
November 21, 2017
Policymakers agree virtual schools should get more teachers and less money. Will they make it happen?
But national and even local charter school advocates say changes need to be made at Indiana Virtual School and online charters more broadly across the state.
November 13, 2017
Former Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz: Virtual schools ‘prey’ on vulnerable students
Ritz's comments appeared in a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal.
behind the story
November 13, 2017
Few teachers, low scores, and ethical questions. Behind our Indiana Virtual School investigation.
Read on to hear about the challenges Shaina encountered, the reaction so far, what comes next, and how you can help.
October 31, 2017
As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers — but founder’s company charged it millions
The state has set aside more than $62 million over the next two years to keep the school in business.
October 27, 2017
Indiana state board member resigns from position as leader of Hoosier Academies online charter schools
The announcement came as a surprise, the school board chairman said.
September 27, 2017
After years of failing grades, Hoosier Academy Virtual will close in June
Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter School will close after June.
May 10, 2017
Indiana officials opt to punish Hoosier Academy Virtual and let it stay open. They told the long-failing school to do better. Again.
The tone of the discussion overall was far more tense and contentious than prior hearings.
May 8, 2017
Indiana officials will try for the fourth time to to address deep-seated issues at one long-struggling virtual school
On Wednesday, the Indiana State Board of Education is set to take up the case of Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter School.
February 6, 2017
Low participation and poor attendance could get a student expelled from an online school in new House proposal
A new House proposal would allow virtual charter schools to remove students showing low participation and poor attendance.
January 12, 2017
Hoosier Academy Virtual highlights challenges in third hearing, but board says it still needs more information to make a decision.
It’s still not clear what action, if any, Indiana education officials will take regarding the long-struggling Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter School.
January 5, 2017
Educators step up to the challenges facing Indiana’s underachieving online schools
"Everything that goes on in any other school has to go on in an online school as well."
January 3, 2017
Why online learning works for these Indiana kids
Families said the self-paced nature of virtual learning, the lack of social distractions and the ability to learn anywhere, have allowed their kids to be successful
online and off track
December 15, 2016
The broken promise of Indiana’s online schools
Since their start in 2009, Indiana’s online schools have grown tremendously.
September 7, 2016
In danger of closure, virtual charter surprises state board by transferring students to sister school
That decision was put off yet again, as board members said they wanted more information.
open or closed?
September 6, 2016
Ball State must convince state board why failing online charter school deserves another chance
The Indiana State Board of Education must decide on Wednesday what to do about one of the state’s lowest-scoring online charter schools.
August 15, 2016
Decatur Township launches new virtual school to compete with charter schools and other options
Decatur Township is launching its own online school with hopes it will keep the district competitive in an increasingly crowded field of public, charter and homeschools.
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