Questions Raise Concern About School Takeover Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Changes could be coming to the law allowing Indiana to take over consistently failing schools to resolve confusion over who has the ultimate authority over the facilities and their students.

 The state took over five chronically failing schools in 2012 and turned them over to private operators. The move was hailed as an aggressive effort by former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett to hold schools accountable and improve performance.

 But The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) all five schools are still failing. A drop in enrollment has led to funding issues that have prompted at least one operator to threaten to pull out.

 State Rep. Robert Behning says he favors revising the law to address the issues. Four more schools could soon face takeovers.