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The Story Of One Lonely Indiana School District

North White School Corporation recently closed two of its outlying elementary school buildings.

During his tenure as school board president at North White School Corporation, Shannon Mattix has pushed for something strange.  Usually, school officials fight to protect their district from outsiders trying to take control, but Mattix has a different idea. He wants to consolidate the four districts in White County into one megadistrict. “One of the things […]

Where One Rural Public School Closes A Charter School Opens

This sign adorns the hallway of the newly christened "Canaan Community Academy".  Nearby is another sign commemorating the transfer of the building to the Madison Consolidated School Corporation in 1956.

What happens when a small town — a VERY small town — in southeastern Indiana loses its public school and residents attempt against all odds to replace it with a charter school?  To find out, StateImpact went to Canaan, Ind. (Population 90), where residents are trying to do just this. Even with kids attending from […]

Low Enrollment Brings Letter Grade Results Into Question

North White Primary School has received an A for the last two years.  The year before that, the school received a D.

Remember report cards from elementary school?  Whole semesters spent filling out worksheets, taking tests, preparing class projects, writing papers– all of it adding up to a final letter grade. But what if instead, all grades were based on a single test?  For Indiana’s schools, this is how things are. It’s a predicament which causes superintendent […]

Discussion: Does Consolidation Hurt Students?

Should school districts with fewer than 2000 students be required to consolidate?  Governor Mitch Daniels says such a move could could save taxpayers millions by removing layers of red tape and administration cost.  Many school administrators aren’t convinced. We’ve been covering this issue, but we want to hear feedback from you.  Leave us your comments, […]

Q&A: Referendum Or Consolidation

John Krauss works with IUPUI's Public Policy Institute

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels talks alot about government efficiency.  In 2007, he commissioned a study to discover where local governments could streamline their operations. The goal was to find ways to provide the same services with fewer tax dollars.  There was one major educational suggestion to come out of that report– eliminate all school corporations […]

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