Indiana blows up the Education 'Oblast'; massive vouchers, teacher tenure kaput, asse

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    Indiana's Great Education Leap
    The Hoosier State passes vouchers and dissolves teacher tenure.
    * MAY 6, 2011

    School choice is gaining new momentum, and one of the biggest political breakthroughs came this week in Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation Thursday that includes far-reaching reforms in teacher assessment and tenure, as well the most ambitious voucher program in memory.

    Under the new law, the state will provide 7,500 publicly financed scholarships of up to $4,500 a year to Hoosier elementary school kids who have been in public schools for the last two semesters and then want to attend another school, public or private. That scholarship number rises to 15,000 in the second year, with no cap in the third year and beyond. High school students can also qualify for a voucher of up to 90% of the state public school support, which varies by school district.

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    There's also a major expansion of charter school opportunities. The law allows a state commission and the state's universities to authorize new charters, which now number only 63 statewide. It also reduces one of the main disadvantages that charters have compared to traditional schools by giving them access to unused school buildings, and it gives parents new rights to petition to turn a persistently failing school into a charter.

    The reform also makes major gains on teacher accountability, ending the last-in, first-out layoff policy that caused the firing of the state's teacher of the year. School districts will be able to introduce pay for performance, using a new evaluation system based on student progress, not teacher tenure. The angel will have to come in the details of these evaluations, which the union will try to game, but this at least gives reformers a fighting chance to break up a status quo that now makes it nearly impossible to fire bad teachers.

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    Review & Outlook: Indiana's Great Education Leap - WSJ.com
     
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    This is very good news. This is what should have been done in Wisconsin, but that circus was way more entertaining.

    And what is going to really light some fires is if all the sudden Indiana schools start topping out the SATs.
     
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    And you know what? In 5 to 8 years they will have the ability to parse all the data, if its a winner it is, if its not,we'll know. Good for everyone.
     
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    Why? Will this force more parental invovement? Because without that their just pissing in the wind.

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    I would expect scores to improve simply because the parents who are already involved will certainly take advantage of this to upgrade their kid’s educational opportunities.
     
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    There is no way to 'force' parental involvement. There is no way for schools to correct kids damaged at home through abuse or neglect, other than referring to child services, as mandated.

    Now if you wish to come up with a plan to force parents to care, please write it up.
     
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    Well...I look forward to seeing the outcome of these changes over the next generation or so.
     
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    I used to be a supporter of this. Now I'm not so sure. My group invested in a private education company that went into public school systems and took over the running of the schools. It was one of the few investments were we felt good about making a profit and doing good socially. But after years of watching it, I'm not sure if it did any better than the public schools.

    Interesting debate for and against.
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    You do realize that you are indicting the teaching profession as no more than baby-sitters.

    And, if so, you'd be incorrect.
     
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    "it gives parents new rights to petition to turn a persistently failing school into a charter"

    At least the horses have been lead to the water.

    It's up to them to drink.
     
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