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Senate Democrats Call For Greater Virtual School Accountability

Senate Democrats Call For Greater Virtual School AccountabilityA recent state report found the Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy enrolled thousands of students who never took a course and some who didnt even know they were enrolled.2020 legislative session, virtual charter schools2020-02-19T00:00:00-05:00
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Senate Democrats Call For Greater Virtual School Accountability

Senate Democrats – from left, Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary), Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) – are calling for greater accountability for virtual charter schools.

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Indiana Senate Democrats are calling for greater accountability for virtual charter schools in the wake of allegations that two such schools inappropriately took $68 million in tax dollars.

A recent state report found the Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy enrolled thousands of students who never took a course and some who didn’t even know they were enrolled. Senate Democrats call it “systemic fraud” that Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says demands legislative action.

“We need to have some guardrails," Lanane says. "We need to have accountability.”

Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) points to his proposal to impose more rules on all charter schools, not just virtual ones.

“An authorizer would be required to sign a bond so that in case there was fraud – as in the Indiana Virtual Schools – the state would have a way to get paid back,” Stoops says.

Republicans have largely rebuffed Democrats’ efforts in recent years on virtual charter schools.

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