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Eric Weddle

Eric Weddle is WFYI Public Media's education reporter.

Goodbye ECA? Panel OKs Graduation Overhaul But Uncertainty Remains

A "graphic recording" of the Graduation Pathways Committee's discussion on Sept. 19, 2017, as illustrated by Mike Fleisch. (Courtesy State Board of Education)

A “graphic recording” of the Graduation Pathways Committee’s discussion on Sept. 19, 2017, as illustrated by Mike Fleisch. (Courtesy State Board of Education)

A state committee recommended sweeping changes to high school graduation requirements Tuesday even as many of the details remain unknown.

If approved by the State Board of Education students, starting with the class of 2023, would choose from multiple academic tracts to satisfy three graduation requirements that are designed to better prepare them for college or career.

Reducing college remediation and filling a skills-gap saddling Indiana industries is a major focus of commerce, government and education leaders.

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McCormick: Increase Accountability For Charter, Voucher Schools

Indiana School Superintendent Jennifer McCormick drew support from an Indianapolis audience Saturday who mostly supported former school chief Glenda Ritz in the November election.

During the Indiana Coalition For Public Education’s annual meeting, the first-term Republican called for increased accountability of charter schools and private schools that receive taxpayer funded vouchers.

“It’s a taxpayer’s right to know. We talk about transparency. We talk about providing a quality experience for students,” she says. “How do we know that is actually happening? I think it is just the right thing to do.”

Article origination IPBS-RJC State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick called for more accountability on charter schools and private schools using taxpayer-funded vouchers during a forum Saturday. The first-term Republican schools chief says her department is “pushing back” against the state’s free-market style of school choice that lawmakers began approving in 2009.

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