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[s29] Sen. Delph: Senate Approves Legislation to Support High-Performing Schools
Start Date: 2/18/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/18/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2013) — Legislation authored by State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) to provide greater flexibility to Indiana’s top schools passed out of the Senate today by a vote of 44-5.

Senate Bill 189 would grant high-performing districts regulatory relief from certain state education requirements, generating innovation in the classroom. This includes the following provisions:

  • Freedom to choose, develop, and implement their own curriculum
  • Freedom to construct their own design for teacher and staff evaluations
  • Freedom from state regulation dealing with high ability students
  • Freedom to create 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

A new amendment to the bill provides that if a high-performing school chooses to modify their instructional time, it may not be less than the greatest total number of minutes from the preceding five schools years. Educational experiences outside of the classroom, such as college courses, labs and webinars, can be counted as instructional time under this provision.

“Adding this check prevents any potential misuse of time flexibility,” Delph said. “It gives schools the freedom to alter their calendars but assures that this will not be used to bank time and reduce overall instruction.”

Eligibility for the regulatory freedom would be based on several performance metrics, including ISTEP+ scores, graduation rates and participation in Advanced Placement classes.

Two school corporations in Delph’s district – Zionsville and Carmel-Clay – would qualify based on their current performance.

“This proposal would allow more students to reach their full potential,” Delph said. “Schools with proven track records should be able to craft education plans that reflect the high-reaching goals of their students and teachers. We can’t hold our children back from sharpening their talents and putting themselves in a better position to compete in a global economy.”

SB 189 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Reps. Todd Huston (R-Fishers,) Steven Braun (R-Zionsville) and Gerald Torr (R-Carmel) are its sponsors in the House.

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: tlytwyn@iga.in.gov
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