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July 22, 2019
Open or closed? Parents and students at troubled Indiana virtual schools receive mixed messages
Confusion is swirling over whether two beleaguered online schools, at odds with the state and their oversight agency, are still operating, potentially leaving thousands of…
July 12, 2019
State cuts off funding to Indiana Virtual School and sister school. But will Indiana get its money back?
Indiana is withholding funds from Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy until it recovers more than $47 million from the two schools combined.
Charter contract review
July 12, 2019
Memphis superintendent wants to play a bigger role in improving charter school performance
The review under the new superintendent could signal a continuation of the district’s effort to collaborate more with its charter schools.
July 11, 2019
Melton and McCormick launch their bipartisan listening tour with conversations about charters, pay, and diversity
Democratic Senator Eddie Melton told a crowd of more than 100 people Thursday that good education policy only happens when public officials ask for help.
where the money goes
July 10, 2019
‘How did we miss this?’ Indiana officials blast lack of oversight in $40M virtual school scandal
The schools’ oversight agency, Daleville Community Schools, bore the brunt of the board’s blame for the online schools’ alleged abuse of millions in public dollars.
July 9, 2019
Fire, rain, and union tensions test a Bronx charter school
Parents and teachers at a Bronx charter school upended by fire, rain and a union-organizing standoff say management’s math doesn’t add up.
July 8, 2019
‘I’m just at a loss’: This student moved away, but apparently stayed on Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy’s rolls
Every couple of days, Holli Stevenson receives an email that her daughter, Abbey, has been put on probation for not showing up to…
July 8, 2019
State could seek $40M after probe finds Indiana Virtual School inflated enrollment — even counting a student who had died
Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy allegedly inflated their enrollment to at least twice its actual size, according to the state examiner.
July 5, 2019
Students fear repercussions from their Detroit charter school over viral graduation speeches
Students fear retaliation after graduation speeches criticizing their school went viral.
July 3, 2019
Feds give green light to controversial contract between Memphis charter school and Catholic diocese
The charter school network’s lease prohibits it from teaching anything considered “gravely immoral” by the Catholic Church.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
July 1, 2019
An Indiana private school’s $500 recruitment deal reignites debate over voucher oversight
A small but growing private school in Noblesville offered a deal to its families: Get a friend to enroll at Legacy Christian School, and you'll get $500 off your tuition.
June 27, 2019
How a parent organizer will try to upend Indianapolis’ top-down charter movement
Ashley Virden won a two-year fellowship from The Mind Trust to create a parent advocacy organization in Indianapolis and reverse the top-down ed reform movement.
June 25, 2019
Charter schools will expand in Detroit as federal grants withstand opposition from state board of education
A federal grant program for charter schools is continuing in Michigan in spite of criticisms from the state school board.
June 20, 2019
New schools that want to open in Denver will now have an expiration date
The rule change was quietly adopted by the school board last week.
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