Here are today's afternoon announcements courtesy of Bill DeBaun, the Alliance's policy intern.
Good afternoon and happy Friday! It's a pretty quiet day in the world of education news, which means you can consume these tasty tidbits and then get on with your weekend!
The Indianapolis Star reports that some district officials are nervous about the Indiana State Board of Education taking over more public schools who fail to improve under the state's accountability system. Earlier this year, the state took over five public schools, but new rules proposed by the board would expand the number of schools subject to takeover to over 100. Under the current accountability system, schools whose state test scores earn them an F grade for six consecutive years are subject to state takeover or other reforms. "When I know the rules, I can play the game," Superintendent Jeff Butts of Wayne Township said. "I'm not as good when someone changes the rules in the middle of the game."
A recent poll by the University of Southern California-Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times reveals that 52% of respondents had a favorable impression of charter schools. Only 12% of respondents had an unfavorable view. 48% of respondents said that they thought charter schools provide a better education than traditional public schools. Meanwhile, only 24% said traditional public schools provide a better education. While these results might seem like a coup for charter school advocates, the results also revealed that respondents favored increasing funding for traditional schools over charter schools by a 64-21% margin. Respondents were also disinclined to hand control over low-performing schools to outside operators.
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