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Bill Would Free High-Performing Schools From Regulations

Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) is proposing to reward high-performing schools with fewer state regulations.

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Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

A Carpe Diem student logs into a computer in the school's "learning center," where each student has his or her own workstation.

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.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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