FINDING REFUGE: Mbeomo and Tosha Msambilwa were born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, where their parents lived for two decades after fleeing the Congo. Last year, the family finally found a permanent home in Indianapolis. Now, the brother and sister are students at the Indianapolis Public Schools newcomer program.

ON NOTICE: The national credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has new concerns that creditors won’t get paid back when they lend money to Indiana school districts. A warning issued by the agency could cost districts millions of dollars.

FUNDING INEQUITIES: As the state gets ready to write its next two-year budget, a researcher at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy took a closer look at the current funding formula, and found that schools with more at-risk students were still coming out behind. Read more from StateImpact and the Indiana Daily Student.

DEFYING GENDER STEREOTYPES: A Gary school is opening up opportunities for young girls to get more involved in science, technology, engineering and math. The school has consistently outperformed many in the district when it comes to passing state tests. Read more in the Post-Tribune.

‘SAVE OUR SCHOOLS’: Muncie community members rallied in a big show of support for education late last week, likely in response to a potential cut in teacher salaries. The Star Press has the details.

LOVE IN THE TEACHERS LOUNGE: Finally, happy Valentine’s Day to our readers! Chalkbeat is celebrating the annual day of chocolates and paper hearts by sharing stories of love affairs between educators.