Tag: Indiana and school choice

Indianapolis charter schools ‘move the needle’ on achievement, study finds

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on The 74. New research on pre-pandemic academic achievement in Indianapolis is delivering a mixed bag of results: Students in K-12 schools there posted weaker learning gains in both reading and math than students statewide, while students who attended charter or charter-like “Innovation[Read More…]

Indiana leaders visit Florida in search of more robust pre-K options for low-income families

Editor’s note: This article appeared today on the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne Community Schools is exploring options to expand a program unfunded by the state – pre-K. “There are students who come to us in kindergarten that are two years to three years behind their peers,”[Read More…]

Education innovation in Indiana rewarded with multi-million dollar state grant

An Indianapolis-based nonprofit that aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing students in impoverished neighborhoods with access to quality education options has earned an $8.3 million grant from the Indiana Department of Education. The nonprofit, Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation, will direct the funding to its newest initiative: a[Read More…]

Education choice reaps financial benefits in Indiana

Editor’s note: You can listen to Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill’s interview with Indiana state Rep. Bob Behning here. School choice legislation in Indiana has resulted in savings for the state of $88 million, or about 1 percent of its annual general fund spending on education, in the[Read More…]

Indiana legislator: ‘When choice really works, it lifts up everyone’

Education Next senior editor Paul Peterson spoke recently with Robert Behning, a Republican member of the Indiana House or Representatives and chair of the house education committee, about new legislation in his state that expanded the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program. A consistent message throughout the interview was Behning’s insistence that[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Indiana State Rep. Bob Behning on education choice expansion

On this episode, Tuthill talks with the chairman of Indiana’s House Education Committee. Behning carried a choice bill this legislative session that was folded into the state’s budget, creating a new $10 million education savings account program for students with special needs that will be funded at 90% of regular[Read More…]

Education choice legislation continues its march across U.S.

The Indiana Legislature on Thursday joined the growing ranks of policymakers nationwide who either are launching or shoring up programs to provide more educational choice to families. In Indiana’s case, it’s the latter; the state created its first voucher plan in 2011, in which more than a quarter-million students have[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: charter schools, charter schools, charter schools …

Arizona: A former school teacher criticizes the state superintendent of public instruction for his support of Common Core and school choice (East Valley Tribune). The Sierra Vista Herald editorial board says the state superintendent’s support of ESAs hurts public schools. Applications for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts doubles (Heartlander). The Arizona Republic[Read More…]