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Legislation aims at helping "high performing" schools

Indiana’s highest performing schools would be freed from several state regulations under legislation headed to the Indiana House. 

Senator Mike Delph’s (R-Carmel) legislation grew out of schools in his district asking for greater flexibility from the state.  Delph says his bill is all about rewarding the state’s highest-performing school districts with more freedom.

“Freedom over their curriculum, freedom over academically gifted students and programs, freedom over vocational education and training.”

Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington), who voted against Delph’s bill, says he’s in favor of the concept of rewarding high-performing schools but fears what the proposal might lead to.

“I’m just concerned that that’s going to lead to the next level of funding only being focused on those high-performing schools at the expense of lower-performing schools that might need more focused funding.”

Governor Mike Pence’s proposed budget includes a performance-based education funding increase in its second year.  Delph says his bill has nothing to do with school funding. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.