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February 14, 2018
Indiana lawmakers aren’t cracking down on virtual charter schools despite calls for change
None of the bills proposed this year dealt directly with virtual schools, and none of them received any hearings.
December 7, 2017
Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’
Holcomb is not alone in calling for Indiana to address the poor academic track records of statewide online charter schools.
January 5, 2017
People who say geography means rural areas can’t share in Trump’s school choice vision are wrong. Here’s why
Having worked with rural schools for 28 years, I know that geography isn’t an insurmountable hurdle.
March 16, 2015
Online regulation bill quickly killed
This year’s proposal to change the regulation of online schools that operate across multiple districts was killed Monday by the Senate State Affairs Committee.
July 1, 2014
Membership set for new online task force
Fifteen members have been selected for a state task force that’s supposed to come up with recommendations for oversight of multi-district online schools, a somewhat…
April 21, 2014
Online bill has rocky outing in House Education
Proposed changes in state law governing multi-district online schools got generally bad reviews from witnesses at a committee hearing Monday, and a vote was delayed so its sponsors can work up some amendments. The bill was part of a 10-bill calendar of mixed bills heard by House Education.
March 23, 2014
Quick-turnaround online task force makes recommendations
Colorado needs an updated legal definition of online education and should change the way multi-district online schools are overseen, a task force that’s advising four…
Too small to fail?
March 12, 2014
State board hints at different paths forward for two very different struggling districts
The differences between two struggling school districts -- one urban and one rural but both of which face a looming deadline to dramatically improve their student outcomes or face state intervention -- are forcing state officials to grapple with how they will tailor turnaround efforts to meet divergent district needs.
March 4, 2014
Online task force turning to recommendations
The seven-member task force that’s been discussing online education has identified four issues for possible legislative consideration this year and has 17 days to develop…
October 21, 2013
Why Indiana matters when it comes to education
(NOTE: Much has changed since this post was first published in October of 2013. This post has not been updated to reflect…
July 8, 2013
Voices: Growing up at an online school
Iman Dwebi, a rising senior at Branson School Online, discusses the benefits she sees to online learning in K-12 education.
June 12, 2013
State Board approves new statewide online school
The State Board of education has approved a new statewide online school that will be run by a controversial for-profit operator.
November 13, 2012
Online students lag state averages
Online students don’t perform as well as students statewide, but online families report satisfaction with their education.
March 19, 2012
Overworked and underpaid at COVA?
A five-month investigation by EdNews' partner KUNC shows some student-teacher ratios as high as 240:1 at Colorado's largest online school
March 7, 2012
Teacher stipend bill passes first test
A bill that would give national board certified teachers extra pay cleared the House Education Committee Wednesday.
March 4, 2012
Online bills move into spotlight
There’s been only low-key discussion of online education during the 2012 legislative session, but that may start changing.
February 15, 2012
Reverse transfer bill passes Senate
Updated - The Senate Thursday gave final approval to the reverse transfer bill designed to help more students earn associate's degrees.
January 11, 2012
SBE trips over charter rules
It took some time and wrangling, but the State Board of Education Wednesday approved regulations on charter and online schools.
January 10, 2012
Online bill still being crafted
Proposed legislation to regulate online schools is still being drafted but could be ready in a couple of weeks.
November 16, 2011
School funding headed for collapse?
Colorado’s school funding system could hit a constitutional dead end in less than five years, the Joint Budget Committee has been told.
November 8, 2011
Shaffer plans online ed bills in 2012
A request to audit online schools died on a party-line vote Tuesday but a top lawmaker says he'll introduce legislation in General Assembly
September 27, 2011
Auditor to consider online schools’ review
A top legislator's request for an audit of state online education programs is moving ahead.
June 8, 2011
Seeking state-local balance on evaluations
A key issue in Colorado's educator effectiveness law - how much flexibility school districts should have in evaluating teachers - remains in play.
April 14, 2010
State board endorses teacher evaluation bill
The State Board of Education Wednesday unanimously endorsed Senate Bill 10-191, the bipartisan proposal to reform teacher and principal evaluation and teacher tenure.
March 22, 2010
College classes cut for lack of space, teachers
Booming enrollment in Colorado's community colleges is making it harder for some to find qualified instructors and classroom space
February 1, 2010
Online enrollment slows fevered growth
The breakneck pace of growth in Colorado's online programs slowed in 2009 but it still hit the double digits
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