virtual charter schools

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. 

Two virtual charter schools on the brink of collapse have spotlighted challenges in statewide virtual education in Indiana, and now some school districts are creating virtual schools and programs to better serve their local students. 

DALEVILLE -- The attorney for two virtual charter schools alleged to inflate student enrollment and received millions of dollars in overpayments from the state, says new evidence will prove the schools did nothing wrong.

Democrats at the statehouse want legislative leaders to take a closer look at virtual charter schools in Indiana as two scandal-ridden schools prepare to close. 

Two virtual charter schools and the district overseeing them have to pay back millions of dollars in state funding, after the Indiana State Board of Education voted to get money back from the schools at its meeting Wednesday.

Lawmakers proposed new rules for Indiana’s poorly-rated virtual schools after years of failing letter grades and calls for them to improve. A measure heard in a House committee Wednesday would help, but many say it’s just a start.

The number of virtual school programs in Indiana nearly doubled over the past four years, and new data from the state department of education reveals rapid growth in virtual student enrollment.

Only 18 virtual school programs existed in 2014, according to the report from the Indiana Department of Education. Now, 38 schools say they offer virtual programs, where students spend more than 50 percent of their instructional time learning via technology.

A handful of national charter school experts offered recommendations to state officials Monday on how to better regulate Indiana’s virtual schools.

Leaders at a new agriculture and technology charter school say it won’t operate as a virtual school after all.

The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School (IATS) advertised its virtual charter school as online courses partnered with hands on activities at a farm campus in central-Indiana.

State's Virtual Schools Committee Holds First Meeting

Jun 13, 2018

A new state committee focused on virtual charter schools met for the first time Tuesday. It marks the beginning of an investigation into those schools by state officials.