Indiana’s highest performing schools would be freed from several state regulations under legislation headed to the Indiana House.
Senator Mike Delph’s legislation grew out of schools in his district asking for greater flexibility from the state. Delph says his bill is all about rewarding the state’s highest-performing school districts with more freedom.
“Freedom over their curriculum, freedom over academically gifted students and programs, freedom over vocational education and training,” Delph says.
Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington), who voted against Delph’s bill, says he is in favor of the concept of rewarding high-performing schools but fears what Delph’s idea might lead to.
“I’m just concerned that that’s going to lead to the next level of funding only being focused on those high-performing schools at the expense of lower-performing schools that might need more focused funding,” Stoops says.
Governor Mike Pence’s proposed budget includes a performance-based education funding increase in its second year. Delph says his bill has nothing to do with school funding.