Illinois V. Indiana: Where Are Students First?

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It’s been over two weeks since the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) won out over the best interests of children. In stark contrast, however, is Illinois’s neighbor Indiana, which has reformed its school system to put students’ needs front and center.

In 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels (R) put into place a series of policies to improve accountability and expand school choice in the Hoosier State. The new teacher evaluation system treats teachers like professionals by rewarding those who demonstrate exceptional performance. As a result, teachers are setting goals for their students’ learning like never before.

The school choice plan provides scholarships to children from low- and middle-income families to attend private schools of their choice. Today, Indiana has one of the largest school choice programs in the nation. Roughly 60 percent of Hoosier students are expected to be eligible for the program next year.

And families are embracing this opportunity for educational choice. This school year, more than 8,500 students applied for opportunity scholarships after a national first-year record of 3,900 students received scholarships last year.

Additionally, charter schools continue to flourish in Indiana. Student enrollment has doubled in the past three years, and more than 3,500 students are on waiting lists for open seats at charter schools.

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