INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana state senators have endorsed an education bill knocked by critics as
easing accountability standards for the state’s private schools that accept
The bill by
Republican Rep. Robert Behning of Indianapolis creates a way for private
schools to immediately begin accepting vouchers and allows the state Board
of Education to grant poorly performing schools a delay in consequences.
Under current law,
if a private school receives a “D” or “F” state rating for two consecutive
years, it can’t accept new voucher students until its rating improves. The
state board could delay that consequence for one year under the bill if a
school shows a majority of students improved academically.
public and charter schools can already make such appeals.
The Senate voted
36-12 to support the changes Tuesday.