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On July 8, 2014, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused the State Board of Education and the education agency led by Gov. [[Mike Pence]], of deliberately undermining her department's work to extend the state's waiver from [[No Child Left Behind Act|No Child Left Behind]] and other strict federal education requirements. According to the board, Ritz did not inform them of proposed fixes to the waiver when it was requested in 2013. Ritz did submit amendments to the waiver to the U.S. Department of Education in a bid for a one-year extension on June 30, 2014. In a statement, Ritz said, “I have said from the start that I am a strong proponent of renewing and extending our waiver. Unfortunately, the governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appears determined to undermine our work.”<ref>[http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2014/07/08/glenda-ritz-state-board-wants-undermine-authority/12376121/ ''Indystar,'' "Glenda Ritz: State Board wants to undermine my authority," July 8, 2014]</ref>
 
On July 8, 2014, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused the State Board of Education and the education agency led by Gov. [[Mike Pence]], of deliberately undermining her department's work to extend the state's waiver from [[No Child Left Behind Act|No Child Left Behind]] and other strict federal education requirements. According to the board, Ritz did not inform them of proposed fixes to the waiver when it was requested in 2013. Ritz did submit amendments to the waiver to the U.S. Department of Education in a bid for a one-year extension on June 30, 2014. In a statement, Ritz said, “I have said from the start that I am a strong proponent of renewing and extending our waiver. Unfortunately, the governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appears determined to undermine our work.”<ref>[http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2014/07/08/glenda-ritz-state-board-wants-undermine-authority/12376121/ ''Indystar,'' "Glenda Ritz: State Board wants to undermine my authority," July 8, 2014]</ref>
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==State law==
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Generally, board members are elected by residents of the school district, though there are a few districts whose boards are appointed. School boards in Indiana usually consist of five to seven members that serve four-year terms. According to Indiana state law, the number of members should consist of a number of members equal to the number of township schools under the administration of the county superintendent.<ref>[http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/2010/title20/ar23/ch1.pdf ''Indiana General Assembly,'' "Organization of School Corporations," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref> Elections are held in even-numbered election years in November.<ref>[http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/2014_Calendar_Brochure.pdf ''Indiana Secretary of State,'' "Election Calendar," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref>
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===District types===
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School districts in Indiana are divided into eight different types: school townships, school cities and towns, township school corporations, county school corporations, consolidated school corporations, metropolitan school districts, community school corporations and united school corporations. All types of school districts in Indiana are considered by Indiana law to be school corporations. <ref>[http://www2.census.gov/govs/cog/2007/in.pdf ''United States Census Bureau,'' "Indiana," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref>
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===Term limits===
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Indiana does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.<ref>[http://www.electronic-school.com/Board-Leadership/Surveys/SurveyonSchoolBoardMemberTermLimits.pdf ''Electronic School,'' "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==School board elections==
 
==School board elections==

Revision as of 15:20, 11 July 2014

K-12 Education in Indiana
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Glenda Ritz
Number of students: 1,040,765[1]
Number of teachers: 62,339
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:16.7
Number of school districts: 394
Number of schools: 1,933
Graduation rate: 86%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $9,370[3]
See also
Indiana Department of Education
Indiana school districts
List of school districts in Indiana
Indiana
School boards portal
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Public education in the United States
Public education in Indiana
Glossary of education terms

Indiana is home to 1,933 schools and 1,040,765 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education
    • State Superintendent Glenda Ritz (D), Chair
    • Tony Walker, First Congressional District
    • Dr. David Freitas, Second Congressional District
    • Cari Whicker, Third Congressional District
    • Sarah O’Brien, Fourth Congressional District
    • Andrea Neal, Fifth Congressional District
    • Dr. Brad Oliver, Sixth Congressional District
    • Daniel Elsener, Seventh Congressional District
    • B.J. Watts, Eighth Congressional District
    • Troy Albert, Ninth Congressional District
    • Gordon Hendry, At-Large Member

Statistics

The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.

Student enrollment
1.) Indianapolis Public Schools
2.) Fort Wayne Community Schools
3.) Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
4.) South Bend Community School Corporation
5.) Hamilton Community Schools
6.) Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
7.) Vigo County School Corporation
8.) Carmel Clay Schools
9.) Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township
10.) Metropolitan School District of Perry Township

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Indiana as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[5]

Demographic information for Indiana's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State percentage United States percentage**
American Indian 1,923 0.29% 1.10%
Asian 24,546 1.72% 4.68%
African American 72,122 12.20% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 373 0.05% 0.42%
Hispanic 108,165 8.96% 24.37%
White 337,489 72.46% 51.21%
Two or more 9,819 4.31% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

State waiver extension

On July 8, 2014, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused the State Board of Education and the education agency led by Gov. Mike Pence, of deliberately undermining her department's work to extend the state's waiver from No Child Left Behind and other strict federal education requirements. According to the board, Ritz did not inform them of proposed fixes to the waiver when it was requested in 2013. Ritz did submit amendments to the waiver to the U.S. Department of Education in a bid for a one-year extension on June 30, 2014. In a statement, Ritz said, “I have said from the start that I am a strong proponent of renewing and extending our waiver. Unfortunately, the governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appears determined to undermine our work.”[6]

State law

Generally, board members are elected by residents of the school district, though there are a few districts whose boards are appointed. School boards in Indiana usually consist of five to seven members that serve four-year terms. According to Indiana state law, the number of members should consist of a number of members equal to the number of township schools under the administration of the county superintendent.[7] Elections are held in even-numbered election years in November.[8]

District types

School districts in Indiana are divided into eight different types: school townships, school cities and towns, township school corporations, county school corporations, consolidated school corporations, metropolitan school districts, community school corporations and united school corporations. All types of school districts in Indiana are considered by Indiana law to be school corporations. [9]

Term limits

Indiana does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.[10]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Indiana school board elections, 2014

A total of 26 Indiana school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for 84 seats. Twenty-five districts will hold elections for boards seats in November and one district will hold elections in December.

Here are several quick facts about Indiana's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Indianapolis Public Schools with 32,442 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Noblesville Schools with 9,181 K-12 students.
  • Ten districts are tied for the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with four seats up for election in each district.
  • Four districts are tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with two seats up for election in each district.

The districts listed below served 379,812 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[11] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Indiana School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 11,303
Carmel Clay Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 15,550
East Allen County Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 10,094
Elkhart Community Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 13,104
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 22,720
Fort Wayne Community Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 31,401
Gary Community School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 11,152
Greater Clark County Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 10,740
Hamilton Southeastern Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 18,687
Indianapolis Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 32,442
Lake Central School Corporation 11/4/2014 2 5 10,216
Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township 11/4/2014 2 5 15,456
Metropolitan School District of Perry Township 11/4/2014 3 7 14,423
Metropolitan School District of Pike Township 11/4/2014 3 7 11,074
Metropolitan School District of Warren Township 11/4/2014 3 7 10,554
Metropolitan School District of Washington Township 11/4/2014 2 5 11,154
Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township 11/4/2014 4 7 16,002
Monroe County Community School Corporation 11/4/2014 3 7 10,715
New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 11,656
Noblesville Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 9,181
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 10,275
School City of Hammond 11/4/2014 3 5 14,332
South Bend Community School Corporation 11/4/2014 3 7 19,998
Tippecanoe School Corporation 11/4/2014 3 7 11,787
Vigo County School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 15,891
Warrick County School Corporation 11/4/2014 4 7 9,905


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References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 15, 2013
  5. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  6. Indystar, "Glenda Ritz: State Board wants to undermine my authority," July 8, 2014
  7. Indiana General Assembly, "Organization of School Corporations," accessed July 11, 2014
  8. Indiana Secretary of State, "Election Calendar," accessed July 11, 2014
  9. United States Census Bureau, "Indiana," accessed July 11, 2014
  10. Electronic School, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 11, 2014
  11. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014