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Weekly Planner: New Vacant School Sale Rules To Get First Senate Vote

A look through the window of the vacant Pleasant Center Elementary School. East Allen County Schools shut down the school in 2010. The building became the subject of a lawsuit in 2011 because, the Indiana Charter Schools Association argued, its proposed sale to the Fort Wayne Airport Authority violated the state's laws regarding the sale of vacant schools.

Indiana lawmakers are considering changes to a state law that currently requires public school districts to sell vacant buildings to charter operators for $1.

It’s one of the education stories we’re keeping an eye on in the coming week, as a bill amending those guidelines is headed for a vote in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

We flagged this as an education issue to watch in the General Assembly this session back in January.

The new rules would require public schools to hold on to vacant schools for two years instead of the current four years — the amount of time a charter operator has to place a claim on the building. It also would create a waiver process letting public schools sell vacant buildings even sooner.

We have more stories we’re following below:

Coming Up Next Week

What We’re Working On

  • We continue or Pre-K coverage with a trip to The Region — and a closer look at how sequestration will impact Indiana Head Start programs.
  • We’re looking into changes to the GED exam that could make it tougher to earn the alternative high school diploma. By the way, those who write the GED test are making the changes to better align the credential with the Common Core. (That story coming soon.)
  • On that note, we’re continuing our coverage of the new, nationally-crafted Common Core academic standards. Have a question about the new standards? Ask the education reporters. Send us an email, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter or leave us a comment letting us know your Core Questions.

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