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[S29] Gov. Pence Signs Delph’s School-Flexibility Bill into Law
Start Date: 5/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (May 9, 2013) – Gov. Mike Pence on May 8 signed into law State Sen. Mike Delph’s (R-Carmel) bill providing more flexibility to Indiana’s highest-performing schools.

Delph said the new law rewards school districts and high schools with proven track records by relieving them from certain state-mandated education requirements.

Starting July 1, entire school corporations and individual high schools earning A grades on the Indiana Department of Education’s annual performance evaluations will qualify. Carmel-Clay and Zionsville School corporations will directly benefit from the new policy based on their 2011-2012 performances.

With the new provision, qualifying high schools and school corporations can:

  • Choose, develop and implement their own curricula
  • Exempt themselves from state regulations affecting high-ability students
  • Design their own career and technical training
  • Organize classroom time based on instructional minutes, rather than the current 180-day school year requirement

In addition, school corporations and high schools that don’t receive an A can apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver to receive the same flexibility as top-performing schools. The law requires the State Board to establish the criteria for non-A schools to receive such a waiver.

“When it comes to education, there are limitless possibilities,” Delph said. “While some schools need guidelines in order to progress, other schools should be cut loose in order to see how high they can go. With this new law, educators and students can explore new options that will help them surpass current benchmarks.”

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