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August 9, 2018
Students’ math scores drop for years after using a private school voucher in country’s largest program
The findings are a blow to the argument that poor students benefit from the choice to attend a private school, a policy championed by Betsy DeVos.
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August 10, 2017
Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies
One in 10 of Indiana’s voucher schools publicly shares a policy suggesting or declaring that LGBT students are not welcome.
Voucher debate update
June 26, 2017
First study of Indiana’s voucher program — the country’s largest — finds it hurts kids’ math skills at first, but not over time
The results amount to a Rorschach test for advocates on either side of the issue.
May 2, 2017
Before voucher legislation comes back in 2018, Tennessee lawmakers want a plan to determine whether vouchers work
Lawmakers who backed a proposal for a Memphis pilot program hope to clear up questions about what kind of tests students who accept vouchers should take.
March 30, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee school voucher advocates are pushing for TNReady in private schools. Here’s why.
If Tennessee private schools want to take advantage of public money that could soon be flowing their way, they might have to become…
April 23, 2015
ISTEP looks likely to survive after long legislative debate
Sen. Luke Kenley said today he could go along instead with a plan to study future changes to state tests rather than an immediate overhaul.
September 19, 2014
Teachers tackle new standards but worry about tests
The four-month standards debate didn’t end until Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, political foes in most education debates, jointly endorsed new standards and pushed them them through two state boards last April. That left teachers just more than three months to learn the standards, alter their lessons and prepare for big accompanying changes to the state’s ISTEP test that will affect all students in grades 3 to 8.
September 18, 2014
Study says relying on sales tax could hurt Indiana schools
Indiana’s reliance on sales tax as a critical part of its tax revenue isn’t doing any favors for education funding. A report released by Standard and Poor’s says the rising gap in wealth has led to slower economic growth and could result in a decrease in the money Indiana uses to fund education.
September 3, 2014
State board approves controversial changes to teacher certification rules
Job seekers who hold a four-year college degree and 3.0 GPA can now teach in Indiana classrooms once they pass a content knowledge exam — even if they haven't been trained as an educator. The State Board of Education signed off on the rules changes for the third time in two years today.
August 28, 2014
How'd we get here? Background on Indiana's NCLB waiver process
Indiana today learned it would get a one-year extension of it's No Child Left Behind waiver from U.S. Department of Education. We've rounded up some of our past stories on the issue to help get you up to speed.
August 20, 2014
Indiana ACT scores still down from 2012, but beat U.S. average
Indiana high school graduates who took the ACT in 2014 did slightly better than last year’s graduates, but their average score is still behind where…
August 7, 2014
Washington Township first in Indiana to offer IB in all grades
The regional director of the Americas for the International Baccalaureate addressed Washington Township administrators Tuesday afternoon. Washington Township is the only district in Indiana and the sixth district in the world to offer IB-framed curriculum to K-12 students at all of its schools.
July 30, 2014
School discipline, race data prompt Ballard's study plan
Mayor Greg Ballard’s office is commissioning a study in response to data released in March from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice showing that American schools disproportionately discipline black students when compared to other racial and ethnic counterparts.
July 17, 2009
Arne Duncan's push to change teacher laws posts Hoosier victory
Will Obama officials succeed in their mission to use the Race to the Top fund to re-write state education laws? The state of Indiana, where a recent down-to-the-wire budget session featured a teacher-evaluation mini drama, offers some clues. The drama began with pressure from the Obama administration to repeal a law banning the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations. Alarmed, state education officials lobbied the state legislature, and lawmakers acted, inserting a repeal of the law into the state's budget. But mere hours before the new budget passed, lawmakers at the state House removed the repeal at the request of the teachers' union. The final budget includes a roundabout compromise allowing districts to use student data to assess teachers — but only in cases where federal grant money requires it. "We had a clear message from the secretary [Arne Duncan] that we were putting our ability to compete for the Race to the Top Funds at risk," a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Education, Cam Savage, said. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has communicated frequently with the federal education department about Indiana's strengths in the competition for grant funds, Savage said. Bans on using student test scores to assess teachers seem to be the next group of laws on the Department of Education's watch list. States and districts already took note after Obama administration officials used the threat of denying Race to the Top funds to push against state laws limiting the spread of charter schools. Lawmakers in at least eight states have passed or introduced legislation since the end of May to lift their charter caps.
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