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Delphi Community School Corporation

UPDATE (8:00 p.m.):

Otis says no specific date has been set for a hearing, and that Briles merely has the option of requesting one, which he has yet to formally do.

EARLIER: 

The Delphi Community School Corporation board has moved to fire Superintendent Greg Briles.

Results for the state’s new ILEARN test are now public, and reveal just how much lower achievement rates on the test look compared to previous iterations of the state’s standardized exam. According to state data, less than half of all students reached proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, with proficiency rates of 47.9 and 47.8 percent respectively. 

Teachers have rallied at schools and the statehouse all year to push for better pay and more respect for their profession, and last month teachers throughout the state flocked to the governor’s teacher pay commission input meetings to reinforce an idea: Indiana’s education policy doesn’t respect public educators. 

Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the state’s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam – including the state’s top education official.

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Students at Crawfordsville’s Meredith Nicholson Elementary have learned to grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden for nearly a decade. This year, students can enjoy the fruits of their labor in the school cafeteria for the first time.

The Nicholson garden sits just behind the school, close enough for students to visit for lessons. They learn about agriculture all year, and plant seeds in the spring. Three days a week in the summer, students and families tend to various plants, including carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes. As fall approaches, they harvest.

Tuesday night the board of directors who run two scandal-plagued virtual charter schools planned to hold a public meeting to discuss its closure. But what took place, leaves more questions than answers. 

Minutes before the meeting was to start, the attorney for the Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Pathways Virtual Academy said it's canceled. 

“Two board members are here for the executive session and resigned just a few minutes ago,” Mary Jane Lapoint said to a small group, including stunned former employees. 

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An emergency loan taken out by Delphi Community Schools last week could be paid off by the end of the year – but only if officials are careful and restrict spending. And it will take longer than that to rebuild some school funds, according to a financial assessment delivered to the school board Monday.

The oversight board of two virtual charter schools at the center of an enrollment inflation scandal and a federal investigation voted Monday to close both schools. 

The Daleville Community Schools Board unanimously voted to revoke the charters for the Indiana Virtual Schools and Indiana Pathways Virtual Academy. State officials accused the schools of receiving more than $40 million in state funds by including students that no longer attend the schools in enrollment rolls. 

Policymakers say they want to hold schools harmless for major drops in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN test, after mounting pressure from school leaders and parents.

A grant competition from the state’s largest early learning nonprofit aims to address so-called child care deserts. The group will offer up to $1 million of funding for at least 10 recipients, to improve access to high-quality early education services.

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