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April 10, 2019
Indiana paid for thousands of students who never earned credits at virtual charter schools
While the number of online school students earning zero credits has decreased from 2017 to 2018, that figure still remains particularly high at some schools.
April 8, 2019
This bill was meant to check virtual schools. Now, lawmakers are watering it down again
House education committee members voted 9-0 Monday to amend a Senate bill, further watering it down while folding in measures from similar bills.
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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 25, 2019
Indiana virtual schools granted extra time to defend themselves against troubling allegations
The Daleville public school board voted to push back the public hearing about whether the virtual schools’ charters should be revoked, which could lead to their closure.
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.
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.
May 31, 2018
In the Wild West of virtual learning, an Indiana charter school is opening in an unlikely place — a farm
The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School is set to open in July.
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.
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