Lawmaker urges review of failing charter schools

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says Indiana should stop approving new charter schools until it determines why increasing numbers of them are failing.

Rep. Greg Porter tells the Indianapolis Business Journal he’s alarmed by the increasing number of charter schools receiving a D or F and says it’s time to stop taking a “shotgun approach” to approving the schools.

More than half the charter schools in Marion County received a D or an F, up from 30 percent two years ago. The percentage is slightly lower statewide but also has increased.

Porter is calling for a moratorium on new charters so legislators and educators can evaluate what’s working and what isn’t among the 64 charter schools currently serving traditional K-12 students.

Six organizations can authorize charter schools in Indiana. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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