Virtual School Meanderings

January 16, 2012

Indiana Bill To Require Online Learning

This bill announced in the Fall has finally been introduced.

Senate Bill 0179

2012 Second Regular Session

Latest Information


Virtual instruction course requirement. Requires a student pursuing a Core 40 high school diploma to complete one virtual instruction course.

Current Status:

In Committee – first House

Latest Printing (PDF)

  • Action List
  • Introduced Bill
  • Fiscal Impact Statement(s): 1(PDF)
  • House Committee Reports
  • House Amendments
  • Senate Committee Reports
  • Senate Amendments
  • Conference Committee Reports

September 15, 2011

IN Schools Chief Backs Online Class Requirement

inacolYesterday I mentioned about Idaho moving one step closer to requiring online classes, well today we move to another state.  Again, courtesy of the iNACOL forums.

Indiana schools chief backs online class requirement
Evansville Courier and Press
Associated Press
Posted September 13, 2011 at 7:50 a.m.…lass-requireme/

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s state schools superintendent says he wants all students in the state take at least one class online before graduating from high school.

Superintendent Tony Bennett says he’ll outline his legislative proposal for the requirement during his State of Education speech on Tuesday.

Bennett tells The Indianapolis Star such a requirement is a way to make sure students are prepared to do online work. He says he wants local school districts to decide what types of courses to offer online and whether students would complete online assignments at home or during regular school time.

Bennett is to give his speech Tuesday evening at the Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis.

There is more information about this in this article as well –…xt|

July 3, 2009

Indiana Legislators Finally Pass State Budget – Includes New Virtual School Pilot

inacolThis was posted a few days ago to one of the iNACOL forums.

Legislators finally pass state budget — 2 years, $27.8B

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s lawmakers passed a $27.8 billion, two-year budget Tuesday that supporters touted as a triumph in a recession.

Critics said it came at the expense of students in urban and rural districts.

The Democrat-controlled House voted 62-37 for the budget, with 14 of the 52 Democrats joining all 48 Republicans in supporting it. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 34-16, with four Democrats joining 30 of the 33 Republicans in voting for the plan.

Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the budget into law at 8:05 p.m., less than four hours before the previous budget expired, averting a government shutdown.

Daniels, in a statement, said that while the budget has defects, “it meets the fundamental condition I laid down in January and every day since: to limit spending enough to preserve our surplus and thereby protect taxpayers against the tax increases happening in virtually every other state.”

The budget keeps $1 billion in Indiana’s reserves.

Opponents, though, said the money could have been tapped to ensure no school district would see a funding cut. They also were upset about dollars shifting from schools with declining enrollments, which typically are urban and rural, to growing school districts, typically suburban.

And they chafed that the budget directs dollars to alternatives to public education, starting a pilot project for virtual online schools and creating a $2.5 million a year tax credit that benefits private schools.

Overall, the plan gives public schools a 1.1 percent increase in state funding in 2010 and a 0.3

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