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How Much Raising The Debt Ceiling Could Cost Indiana Schools If Deal Isn't Reached

The American Association for School Principals released a report Tuesday detailing how schools are bracing for the possibility of across the board federal spending cuts, writes Alyson Klein for Education Week: Of those surveyed, 69.4 percent are betting they’ll have to cut professional development, and 58.1 percent say they’d expect to cut enrichment, after-school, and [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Are Indiana's "Rich" School Districts Getting Richer?

Election season is upon us, and aside from the usual blustering politicians and hopefuls, there’s another question appearing on ballots across the state: Will voters raise their own taxes to support local school districts? Political predictions are notoriously difficult to make, but the past can be a guide. We took a look back at the [...]

Rural Schools Could Be Forced To Consolidate

During his presentation, Sheridan Community Schools board member Todd Roberts claimed that school closures would be hard on many Indiana small towns.

School officials at many of Indiana’s smallest districts are having a hard time balancing their checkbooks. There is mounting evidence that this is part of a concerted effort by Governor Mitch Daniels and the General Assembly to force consolidation onto districts with fewer than two thousand students. For the few attempting a referendum, it’s a [...]

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