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Charter-school study ‘one piece to the picture’stevehinnefeld

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:57:40 +0000

Indiana students lost ground academically after they transferred from public schools to charter schools, according to a new study by Indiana University education professors. The students tended to catch up with their peers if they stayed in their charter school … Continue reading

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Charter-school ‘evaluation’ reads like boosterismstevehinnefeld

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:28:57 +0000

The State Board of Education released its first report on Indiana charter school outcomes this month. The report includes a lot of information, but overall it reads more like pro-charter advocacy than the “formal evaluation” the state legislature requested. The … Continue reading

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Indiana NAEP gains may be misleadingstevehinnefeld

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:21:42 +0000

Indiana’s eighth-grade reading scores appear to be a bright spot in the mostly drab results of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress. But on closer inspection, maybe not. Indiana was one of 10 states that boosted eighth-grade reading scores … Continue reading

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Schools still unequal 50 years after King’s deathstevehinnefeldMartin Luther King Jr.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:32:34 +0000

Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death on April 4, 1968, as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. On this painful anniversary, we miss his vision and moral clarity as much as ever. King … Continue reading

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Reports show Indiana school funding laggingstevehinnefeld

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:11:20 +0000

Recent reports on state education funding suggest Indiana is slipping when it comes to providing fair and adequate support for public schools. Exhibit A, and the most discouraging example, is an annual report by researchers at Rutgers University and the … Continue reading

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Comment period wrapping up on A-to-F rulestevehinnefeld

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:18:50 +0000

There’s nothing more snooze-inducing than the adoption of state administrative rules. It features technical language, choreographed hearings, public comment periods, legalistic processes – and a sneaking suspicion that the people making the rules have already decided what will happen. But … Continue reading

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Indiana teacher pay shrinkingstevehinnefeld

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:19:51 +0000

Average teacher salaries in Indiana have declined by over 15 percent in the past 15 years after adjusting for inflation. That’s according to an interactive analysis produced last week by Alvin Change of Vox, drawing on data from the National … Continue reading

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Secrecy provisions in ‘distressed schools’ bill go too farstevehinnefeldIndiana Statehouse

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:46:38 +0000

Indiana lawmakers may have been trying to do the right thing last week when they created a way for financially struggling school corporations to avoid being flagged for takeover by the state. But they went too far when they made … Continue reading

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Voucher program a subsidy for religionstevehinnefeld

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:12:39 +0000

The Indiana Department of Education has released its 2017-18 school voucher report, providing more evidence that the state voucher program has evolved into something very different from its original design. It is now a massive government entitlement for religious schools … Continue reading

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Takeover of Gary, Muncie, could spell problems for other schoolsstevehinnefeld

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:10:45 +0000

It’s tempting to think Indiana House Bill 1315 is a concern only for people in Muncie and Gary. But if state officials can abolish local control of Muncie and Gary community schools because of financial problems, they could do the … Continue reading

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