Indiana State Board of Education Takes Action on Virtual Schools

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Today the Indiana State Board of Education (Board) met for their monthly business meeting.

The Board voted to adjust the average daily membership (ADM) of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, reducing the schools’ ADM by 50 percent. This reduction is retroactive to the 2016-17 school year for Indiana Virtual School as well as the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years for both Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy. This reduction was based on conclusions set forth in an affidavit provided by state examiner Paul Joyce pursuant to an ongoing audit being conducted by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

“It is clear that these two virtual schools grossly exaggerated the enrollment figures they reported to DOE, resulting in receipt of funds they should not have received,” said B.J. Watts, Board chair. “The Board’s action today was essential.”

Brian Murphy was unanimously approved by Board members as the executive director of the Board. Four new Board members begin their terms today: William Durham, Jr., Pat Mapes, Pete Miller, and Kristin Rentschler.

The next Board meeting is July 25, 2019. At this meeting, the cut scores for teacher content exams will be considered.