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Indiana education officials call for a crackdown on ‘too big to fail’ virtual schools
The recommendations would crack down on two of the state's most problematic virtual charter schools: Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy.
November 28, 2018
After flying under the radar, school districts’ online programs attract attention — and scrutiny
For years, local school districts in Indiana have run full-time, online-only programs for some of their students. There was no way to…
November 16, 2018
Hardly any kids passed ISTEP at one of Indiana’s largest schools. Here’s why it’s not getting an F
Education department officials said the school did not get a grade because it did not test enough students who had been enrolled long enough to have one calculated.
October 26, 2018
Here’s what Betsy DeVos has to say about Indiana’s failing virtual schools
DeVos has a history of supporting online charter schools, and her former organization has close ties to major virtual school operators.
October 22, 2018
More oversight, less growth: How Indiana could turn around its failing online schools
The state board committee unveiled recommendations Monday that will be sent to the full board next month and, eventually, to lawmakers.
September 17, 2018
Here’s how some of Indiana’s online schools are trying to fix low testing turnout
While 99 percent of traditional school students are tested throughout the state, in online schools, rates generally fall below the federally mandated 95 percent.
August 28, 2018
A new idea for fixing Indiana’s virtual charter schools: Let them choose their students
The recommendation came among ideas presented Monday to the Indiana State Board of Education’s virtual charter school committee.
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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.
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