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State cuts off funding to Indiana Virtual School and sister school. But will Indiana get its money back?
Indiana is withholding funds from Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy until it recovers more than $47 million from the two schools combined.
where the money goes
July 10, 2019
‘How did we miss this?’ Indiana officials blast lack of oversight in $40M virtual school scandal
The schools’ oversight agency, Daleville Community Schools, bore the brunt of the board’s blame for the online schools’ alleged abuse of millions in public dollars.
July 8, 2019
‘I’m just at a loss’: This student moved away, but apparently stayed on Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy’s rolls
Every couple of days, Holli Stevenson receives an email that her daughter, Abbey, has been put on probation for not showing up to…
July 8, 2019
State could seek $40M after probe finds Indiana Virtual School inflated enrollment — even counting a student who had died
Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy allegedly inflated their enrollment to at least twice its actual size, according to the state examiner.
June 19, 2019
With little fanfare, Daleville board votes to shutter controversial Indiana Virtual School
Five stoic Daleville school board members said nothing about their decision except to unanimously approve the closure agreement, leaving many unanswered accusations.
June 19, 2019
The deal to close Indiana Virtual School leaves unanswered questions. Here’s what we want to know
The closure deal means that Indiana Virtual School officials won’t have to respond to accusations of mismanagement at their 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 3, 2019
Aurora district not renewing agreement to allow Hope Online learning centers in its district
Pending an appeal, Aurora Hope Online learning centers may have to close after the school district decided not to renew their permission to operate in its boundaries.
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 15, 2019
Students at some Colorado online schools move around a lot. A bill to track them better advances.
Turnover is higher among online schools than at traditional schools.
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.
March 4, 2019
Where do Colorado’s online school students end up? Lawmakers want to know.
Tyler Landsparger will head to Penn State in the fall to study meteorology. It will be the first time the…
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.
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