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Judging 'Failing' Charter Schools May Take Different Criteria

Claire McInerny
StateImpact Indiana

When a student gets an F in a class, they either have to retake the class or their GPA takes a hit.  When a school gets an F, the consequences are harsher.

After four consecutive years of failing grades, a charter school must go before the State Board of Education and develop an improvement plan which could include state takeover, assignment of a third party consultant or even closure.

In March, the board determined for the first time, the fate of two failing charter schools. But as StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny found out, these schools don’t fit the typical definition of failing.