Southwest Allen County Schools will enforce and expand its no transportation zones for some of its schools this fall.
SACS says limiting its bus routes could save the district $200,000 per year. Deer Ridge Elementary, Woodside Middle and Covington Elementary schools will join the five existing Southwest Allen schools with transportation limits.
State education leaders have been crafting a new school accountability system over the past two-and-a-half years – and Thursday, the State Board of Education approved a final framework.
A vote to approve final rule language for the new A-F school grading system had been on the original agenda for Thursday’s meeting, following months of discussion and opportunities to hear public comment on the proposed changes.
But, the Department of Education presented about 20 additional edits Thursday morning – edits that some board members say they hadn’t seen before.
The Senate released its version of the state budget Thursday, outlining a method to fund schools different from that proposed by the House.
There are two pots of money when it comes to school funding: foundation and complexity. Foundation is the amount of money the state gives every student. Complexity is the money allocated toward low-income students.
The biggest difference between the House and Senate budgets is how a student qualifies for complexity money.
House Democrats say the state budget proposed by House Republicans will devastate many public schools throughout the state. The budget passed overwhelmingly in a House vote Tuesday.
House Republicans named education their top focus this session, and the bulk of debate over the budget revolves around education funding.
Specifically, it involves changes to the school funding formula that seek to help growing, wealthier suburban school districts. But those changes would mean significantly less money for poor, inner city schools that are losing students.
The Senate passed their version of a bill Tuesday to change how the State Board of Education is constructed.
Senate Bill 1 allows the members of the State Board of Education to select a board chair from within their ranks.
Right now, the state superintendent automatically assumes that position. But the General Assembly has taken it upon itself to change this, following months of strained relations among the board, current superintendent Glenda Ritz and Governor Mike Pence.