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June 1, 2022

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Changing Patterns in K-12 Education

THE CENTRALIZATION of K-12 operating expenses has standardized per-student spending, with the downside that curriculum and disciplinary standards in Indiana’s district schools may be less in line with local preferences. Hoosier state lawmakers are responding to interest groups’ pressure in allocating funds based on family income, students’ academic potential and the decreasing percentage of resident taxpayers with young children. Local referendums supplement state funding, but there is no assurance that this will result in increasing the human resources needed for quality education. Meanwhile, municipalities and school corporations struggle with the costs of federal and state regulations and in funding their pension obligations. K-12 options are a realistic means of addressing these issues. Nonprofit and profit-seeking institutions are adapting to changes in K-12 funding. The introduction of vouchers for which only some families qualify complicates the tuition burden and private subsidies at nonprofit private schools. All schools, private and public, will need to become more transparent about their expectations for parent support, financial and otherwise. Close supervision by Indiana’s Department of Education and local school boards is essential given increased tax-funded options. Compliance, however, will consist merely in assessing full-time equivalent enrollment, instructional hours per week, the yearly calendar and financial accounting. Authorities are not on-site and lack classroom and subject expertise. Teachers of proven ability who are employing best educational practices are necessarily degraded if officials exercise excessive authority and regulation. Increased competition between schools is a cost-effective means of attaining a higher degree of quality in both public and private schools. — Maryann O. Keating in the upcoming journal


Wednesday Whist | Our Pusillanimous Courts
Cover Essays | A Survey of K-12 Education (Keating); The Immanence of Critical Race Theory (Abbott)
Special Report | Keeping Up to Date on the Cancel Culture (McGowan)
Schansberg | What I learned Running for a Seat in the U.S. Congress / Five and Dime, and Dollar, and More
Morris | Sensationalizing Tragedy Is no Solution / Who Is Replacing What? / The Sport of Kings (and others) / A Very Human High Court / ‘Forgiving’ Student Loans / Preparing for the Primaries / Beware ‘The Next Big Thing’ / We Can Trust Ourselves / A New Fun Fact for Indiana / The Holcomb ‘Trans’ Veto / World War III, Yes or No? / DST? You Can Thank Mitch Daniels
Franke | To See the Future, Look to the Past / Yogi Berra Would Have Something to Say / Does the Constitution Have a Loophole? / In Defense of a Truly General Education / Baseball Is Back (for Better or Worse) / Passion Week and Unholy Passions / It’s Primary Season Again / Polling and the Big Sort’
Backgrounders | Punishing the Recalcitrant (Arp); The Glory of Small Towns and Marching Bands / Against Modern Day Pharaohs (R. Moss); With  Malice Toward None . . . (A. Moss); Is a Pregnant Woman a ‘Mom’? / The Perspectiveless Perspective / A Half Century of Title IX (McGowan); 
The Bookshelf | How the World Really Works / Lincoln’s White House / Ways and Means / The Invention of Power
The Outstater | Holcomb Hits the Big Time / Paradise Lost (but Sustained) / A Vindictive Supermajority / How Campaign Money Is Spent / Primary Day Rumination / Give Rokita Some Credit / Defund the Regulators / Purdue’s Ethics Expert / The ‘Envy Thesis’ / Words That Have Failed Us / Coulter in Bloomington / Where Are All the People? / Let the Yard Signs Bloom / A Census Reality Check / Understanding Holcomb / GOP’s Diversity Bandwagon


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