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[s29] Sen. Delph’s School Flexibility Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk
Start Date: 4/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/27/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2013) — Indiana’s top school corporations and high schools would have more opportunities to adjust their curriculum and administrative practices, thanks to legislation authored by State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel). Senate Bill 189 cleared the Senate by a vote of 39-11 and the House of Representatives by a vote of 87-12 today. It now moves to the governor’s desk for final approval.

The bill grants high-performing school districts and high schools regulatory relief from certain state education requirements, generating innovation in the classroom. To receive the “high-performing” designation, the school corporation or high school must be placed in the Indiana Department of Education (DOE)’s highest performance category.

Performance-qualified schools and school corporations would receive the following freedoms:

  • Freedom to choose, develop and implement their own curriculum
  • Freedom from state regulation dealing with high ability students
  • Freedom to create their own plan for career and technical training
  • Freedom to organize classroom time based on instructional minutes instead of the current 180-day school year requirement

“Our high-achieving young people should have a curriculum that works for them and sets up new benchmarks for them to meet. This program will do just that,” Delph said. “The legislation approved today could significantly impact how our children learn and grow. That can make a difference beyond the classroom, leading into their college education and future careers.”

If a high school is not placed in the DOE’s highest performance category and would still like to qualify for regulatory flexibility, the principal of that school may submit a request for a waiver. The petition would then be subject to the State Board of Education’s approval. Criteria to determine whether a high school qualifies for a waiver will be determined by the State Board by July 31.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) is the bill’s House sponsor.

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