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Indiana General Assembly
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 29, 2019
‘We’re not there yet,’ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says on raising teacher pay
Republican leaders and some education advocates declared “tremendous success” for education, but others felt lawmakers left big issues on the table — like teacher pay.
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 23, 2019
Indiana’s proposed budget boosts education spending. But does it go far enough on teacher salaries?
Indiana lawmakers unveiled a revised budget Tuesday afternoon that would pump $539 million more into K-12 schools.
the youngest learners
April 17, 2019
National report downgrades Indiana for excluding some families from pre-K vouchers
NIEER's 2018 "State of Preschool" report lists Indiana as one of just six states that does not fund a preschool program, deeming On My Way Pre-K to be child care.
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 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.
March 14, 2019
Parents and educators plead with Indiana lawmakers not to cut aid for ‘those who need it most’
Most of the people who testified before the state subcommittee criticized a House Republican proposal to cut $105 million for high-needs students.
behind the budget
March 13, 2019
Indiana House Republicans suggest slashing $105 million from aid for low-income students
Educators in city schools say they need complexity funding to support children who come to school with more trauma and challenges.
February 14, 2019
As pay debate plods on, Indiana teachers unions want more. Will they walk out?
Lukewarm proposals, plus an overall concern that Indiana lawmakers don’t value teaching, could create conditions that lead to a teacher walkout.
February 11, 2019
Indiana lawmakers nix plan to let charter schools share local funding increases
But one lawmaker indicated that he’s interested in reviving the discussion.
February 6, 2019
A new plan could drop test scores and graduation rates from Indiana high school grades
Rep. Bob Behning, chairman of the committee, said the bill was intended to give the Indiana State Board of Education more leeway in designing the school rating system.
splitting the pie
January 30, 2019
If Indiana districts convince voters to boost their funding, should charter schools get a cut?
Charter school advocates in Indiana and across the country have long lobbied for funding equality with traditional public schools.
January 15, 2019
Here’s how Indiana lawmakers propose — again — to rein in virtual charter schools
The bills tackle several aspects of virtual schools that have drawn criticism: how new students are onboarded, who oversees the schools, and how quickly they are growing.
January 10, 2019
Amid Indiana’s teacher pay debate, Republicans hesitate over eliminating merit bonuses
Despite ongoing discussions about raising salaries for educators, his plan contains no dollars specifically earmarked for increasing teacher pay.
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