In the nearly 10 years since virtual schools began, Indiana’s legislature has passed policies favoring school choice in general and charter schools, including virtual charters. Laws that expand virtual schools and offer them more flexibility have found favor, while ones that would restrict such schools have mostly fallen flat. This political support comes despite the schools’ track records of low test scores, high turnover and, in some cases, single-digit graduation rates.
The Hawaii Department of Education is rolling out an online database to track the estimated $868 million backlog of repair and maintenance projects in the public school system. The database will show when money is appropriated and allocated for projects, when contracts are awarded, and how much of each contract has been paid.