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What They're Saying About Indiana's New A-F School Letter Grades

To mark the release of Indiana’s 2012 A-F school letter grades, state superintendent Tony Bennett stopped by Broad Ripple High School — a school that, after years of consecutive F’s, received a B this year. It matched Bennett’s message to press assembled at the Indianapolis magnet school: The state’s letter grades, he says, represent “positive news” […]

Why One Indiana District's Frustrated With The New A-F School Letter Grades

Monroe County Community School Corporation superintendent Judy DeMuth addresses a gathering in Bloomington in 2011.

A disagreement over how to count one student could make a big difference for one school in Monroe County Community Schools, that district’s superintendent says. Judy DeMuth says MCCSC administrators have filed an appeal with Indiana Department of Education officials over the preliminary A-F letter grade they gave a Bloomington school (she can’t say which […]

Will 'No Child' Waivers Leave Behind At-Risk Students?

Congressional Democrats and civil rights groups have been waving red flags over the Obama administration’s plans to waive key requirements of the No Child Left Behind act for states, and it looks like federal education officials have noticed. They’re concerned the formal requests for “flexibility” Indiana and ten other states sent to the U.S. Department of Education […]

Will There Be More Contentious Education Battles During This Legislative Session?

The Indiana State General Assembly opened the the first day of the session earlier today.

“Right To Work” currently tops the charts as the issue of the moment for many publications in Indiana.  But last year’s legislative agenda was filled with hotly contested fights over things like charter schools, vouchers, and collective bargaining for teachers.  So StateImpact asked the question burning on everyone’s mind.  Is there any unfinished education business […]

Interactive Map: A Handy Guide To Voucher Schools

Much of the controversy around school vouchers has focused on the religious nature of many private schools taking part in the program. And it’s true. About 98 percent of all voucher schools are Christian schools. But we decided to look at vouchers from a different angle. How well are these schools performing on the state’s […]

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