Charter School Choice
Does the state have charter schools?
Are for-profit charter schools or management companies allowed?
"An authorizer may not grant a charter to a for-profit entity."
"'Education service provider' means a for profit education management organization, nonprofit charter management organization, school design provider, or any other partner entity with which a charter school intends to contract for educational design, implementation, or comprehensive management."
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
We did not find information about caps on charter schools in Indiana statutes. Education Commission of the States states that Indiana does not have caps on charters. A state policy expert stated that there is no statewide statutory cap on charter schools.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
However, charter school applications must include a transportation plan. Services that a school district provides to a charter school, including transportation, may be provided at no more than 103% of the actual cost of the services.
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
At least ninety percent (90%) of full-time teachers must either: (1) hold any license or permit to teach in a public school in Indiana or (2) be in the process of obtaining a license to teach in a public school in Indiana under the transition to teaching program
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Indiana statutes allow for "virtual education programs" and "virtual charter schools."
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
Charter schools must comply with state compulsory attendance law (IC 20-33-2: compulsory school attendance).
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
"An individual who is employed as a licensed teacher at a virtual charter school must comply with any mandatory licensed teacher training that is required under this title."
Private School Choice
Does the state have voucher programs?
Indiana statutes allow for the Choice Scholarship Program.
Does the state have educational expense tuition tax credits or deductions?
Indiana statutes allow for the Private School/Homeschool Deduction program: A taxpayer who makes an unreimbursed education expenditure in a private elementary or high school education program during the taxpayer's taxable year is entitled to a deduction against the taxpayer's adjusted gross income in the taxable year.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
For the Choice Scholarship Program, an "'eligible school' refers to a public or nonpublic elementary school or high school..."
Indiana statute IC-20-18-2-12 defines a "nonpublic school" as: a school that is not maintained by a school corporation. The term includes a private school or parochial school.
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
However, there was a cap at one point: "The department may not award more than: (1) seven thousand five hundred (7,500) choice scholarships for the school year beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2012; and (2) fifteen thousand (15,000) choice scholarships for the school year beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2013."
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
"'Eligible school' refers to a public or nonpublic elementary school or high school that:
(5) administers the statewide assessment program"
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
"1. If the school is placed in either of the lowest two categories or designations under IC 20-31-8-3 for two consecutive years, the department shall suspend choice scholarship payments for one year for new students.
2. If the school is placed in either of the lowest two categories or designations under IC 20-31-8-3 for three consecutive years, the department shall suspend choice scholarship payments for new students until the school is placed in the middle category or higher category or designation, for two consecutive years.
3. If the school is placed in the lowest category or designation under IC 20-31-8-3 for three consecutive years, the department shall suspend choice scholarship payments for new students until the school is placed in the middle category or higher category or designation, for three consecutive years."
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
However, "if a student who attends a nonpublic school located in a school corporation...resides on or along the highway constituting the regular route of a public school bus, the governing body of the school corporation shall provide transportation for the nonpublic...student on the school bus."
Interdistrict School Choice
Does the state have interdistrict choice programs?
"The parents of any student, regardless of the student's age, or the student after the student has become eighteen (18) years of age may request a transfer from a school corporation in which the student has a legal settlement to a transferee school corporation in Indiana or another state if the student may be better accommodated in the public schools of the transferee corporation. Whether the student can be better accommodated depends on such matters as:
(1) crowded conditions of the transferee or transferor corporation; and
(2) curriculum offerings at the high school level that are important to the vocational or academic aspirations of the student."
Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?
We did not find information about interdistrict transportation requirements in Indiana statutes. However, an Indiana policy expert stated receiving schools/districts are not required to provide transportation. Additionally, Indiana DOE states that parents engaging in an interdistrict transfer are responsible for the transportation of the student.