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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.
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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.
Updated February 27, 2019
Can Indiana recoup funds from troubled virtual schools? That might be part of a state investigation
The allegations prompted the authorizer's board to begin the process to revoke the schools’ charters — a path that could end with the schools closing.
February 26, 2019
‘It takes your breath away.’ Advocates shocked by special education problems at embattled virtual schools
State officials outlined a high student-to-teacher ratio, problems with transition IEPs, and an attempt to use special education funds to pay for a trip to Hawaii.
February 26, 2019
No-show students and other allegations against troubled virtual schools spark outrage from state leaders
The harsh words came a day after the virtual charter schools were put on notice that their charter agreements could be revoked by their oversight agency.
stopping the shuffle
February 13, 2019
New bill would keep virtual charters from moving around students, but stops short of harsher oversight
Raatz said the bill was scaled back because lawmakers were worried the original draft would hamper the schools.
January 31, 2019
House lawmakers make minor changes to online schools bill, but stricter plans remain up in the air
The new amendments unanimously passed Thursday.
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.
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