Delegates to the upcoming Indiana Republican convention will be choosing between a school district administrator and a tea party-backed college instructor to become their candidate for state schools superintendent.
Thousands of low-income Indiana high school students who are eligible for a lucrative college scholarship are in danger of losing out on four years of paid tuition if they don’t meet a host of new requirements.
Members of the Indiana board of education say leaders of Thea Bowman Academy followed all the state requirements to seek a new sponsor and were not “authorizer shopping” as they fought to stay open beyond this month. The board voted Wednesday to approve an authorizer associated with a private university to be the new sponsor of the Gary school.
While most schools struggle to meet the needs of students who don’t speak English, this challenge is especially obvious in rural school districts, where enrollment is decreasing and resources are tight.