INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on three voucher-accepting Indiana schools seeking waivers from consequences for low-performance (all times local):
The Indiana Board of Education has denied three voucher-accepting private schools’ requests to delay consequences for their low school grades.
The three schools are Fort Wayne’s Lutheran South Unity School and, in Indianapolis, Central Christian Academy and Turning Point Schools. They had taken advantage of a law signed recently by Gov. Eric Holcomb allowing them to ask the board for one-year waivers to accept new voucher students and additional state funding.
Voucher schools that receive D or F school grades for consecutive years face consequences that can include being unable to accept new voucher students until school grades improve.
The board voted 5-3 Wednesday to grant the waivers but the schools needed six yes votes. The schools will be unable to accept new voucher students in the upcoming school year.
Indiana’s state school board will consider delaying consequences for three voucher-accepting private schools, less than two weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a law allowing such schools to make the request.
Voucher schools that receive D or F school grades for two consecutive years face consequences that can include being unable to accept new voucher students until school grades improve.
Three schools are asking the board to let them accept new voucher students — and state money — in the upcoming school year. A meeting takes place Wednesday.
Central Christian Academy, Lutheran South Unity School and Turning Point Schools all would otherwise be unable to accept new voucher students. They each received an A or B in the 2015-2016 school year, after three years of Ds or Fs.