U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Indiana’s plan to adhere to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act Friday.
Indiana’s 168-page plan details how state officials will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.
As part of the guiding policy, Indiana schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick pledged to close the student achievement gap in English and mathematics for special education students, students of color and other unique populations by 50 percent by 2023.
Gary Community Schools data taken from the Public Corporation Transfer Report (Credit: Indiana Department of Education)
A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other districts, charter schools or private schools.
The Public Corporation Transfer Report was created by a 2017 state law. The intent is to offer a better understanding of the mobility of students living within a school corporation’s boundary, according to the Indiana Department of Education who compiled and released it.
The website of the Indiana Education Savings Authority. (Credit: State of Indiana)
Indiana lawmakers want to study the impact of 529 College Savings Plans on state revenue after a just enacted federal tax change allows the accounts to be spent on tuition at private elementary and high schools.
Legislation in the General Assembly that would have replaced the annual cap on income tax credits for donations to college savings plans with a lifetime limit is being amended to instead shift the issue to a summer study committee.
Public schools currently face a $16 million deficit but lawmakers expect it to grow earlier next year when more data on students is available. Another shortfall for the 2018-19 school year could also happen, they say.
District officials say the new funds are essential to ensure annual pay raises for teachers, enhance special education services and improve safety and security measures at all buildings.
Without the funding, the IPS officials say, a hiring freeze on teachers and staff, cuts to academic programs and reduced transportation services.
“Our goal ultimately is to ensure our students receive the highest quality education that they are entitled to,” says IPS chief of staff Ahmed Young. “In order to do that we have to presume this referendum on the operating and capital side.”
Two taxpayer referendums worth nearly $1 billion were approved unanimously by the Indianapolis Public Schools Board Thursday to be placed on the May primary ballot. It marks the largest property tax increase ever sought by the district. IPS has not sought an increase since its successful campaign in 2008.
State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick listens during five hours of public comment about the proposed graduation pathways at the State Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)
The State Board of Education approved a controversial rewrite of the high school graduation requirements Wednesday in the face of opposition from school leaders, teachers, parents and professional associations.
During nearly six hours of public comment before the vote, dozens of educators asked for more time to vet the plan since the cost and details around implementation are unknown.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick annouce a partnership to improve high-speed broadband access to Indiana schools on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township\’s Blue Academy. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)
A national nonprofit is partnering with Indiana to improve high-speed internet access for schools across Indiana during the next two years.
The focus will be on 30 schools that lack high-speed fiber connections. There will also be assistance for school districts to apply for federal grants to improve broadband infrastructure or increase classroom Wi-Fi access.