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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.
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.
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
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.
Coming to Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to address Jeb Bush’s education summit in Nashville
The visit will mark DeVos’s first to Tennessee since the Michigan billionaire became President Donald Trump’s secretary of education in February.
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.
February 20, 2017
Schools with lots of transfer students say A-F labels don’t fit
The proposal would give schools a second A-F grade based just on the scores of students who have attended for at least a year.
February 15, 2017
Under the House budget plan, suburban districts would get more money while some urban districts would get less
In the two-year budget draft, released by House lawmakers today, Indiana schools are projected to get an extra $273 million to support student learning.
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.
November 22, 2016
Indianapolis charter high schools rank near the bottom on the 2016 ISTEP
High schoolers took the ISTEP for the first time last spring rather than subject-specific exams.
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.
December 16, 2008
Does Arne Duncan use a computer? His office says yes he does
A commenter named Scott raised readers' eyebrows by declaring that Obama's choice for education secretary, Arne Duncan, doesn't use a computer. Scott added, intriguingly, that: "His secretary prints out the emails he receives, he writes the response and the secretary responds. The man literally does not know how to use a computer." Not exactly, according to two spokesmen I just talked to at the Chicago public schools headquarters. It is true, they said, that Duncan sometimes has his assistant, a woman named Maribel, print out his e-mail messages for him. But he does have a computer, and he sometimes reads his own e-mail with it. He also carries a Blackberry. Said spokesman Mike Vaughn: "He’s out at schools all the time, meeting with principals and meeting with administrators, meeting with kids and teachers, various meetings throughout the city. He does not spend a whole lot of time at his desk. But there are times when he sits at his desk and reads his emails, there’s times that he responds to them with Maribel, there's times that he responds with his Blackberry." Another spokesman, Malon Edwards, said Duncan has championed bringing technology to education.
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