7 things you should know about Indiana education

CASH-STRAPPED: When leaders from a charter network, a private school and a traditional public district gather for a panel on school finance Wednesday, there was consensus: With tight budgets, schools must constantly prioritize what programs to offer. Read more from .

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: College Board’s annual report on how well students across the country are doing on college-level high school courses shows that more Hoosier kids are taking AP exams and passing them — but the state still has a ways to go. Read more from Chalkbeat.

PREK UPDATE: As we told you earlier this week in our bill round-up, preschool debates are still going strong in the House and Senate. Stateimpact dove into the details on each bill. Check out The Statehouse File for more on Wednesday’s hearing of House Bill 1004 in the Senate Education Committee.

TEACHER TROUBLES: The Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday denied Bloomington-area Seven Oaks Classical School, a charter school, a waiver of requirements that 90 percent of its teachers have state licenses. The Herald Times explains.

FINANCIAL CRISIS: House lawmakers seem largely on-board with a plan to give control of Gary’s public school district finances to a state emergency manager. Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, says he hopes this will be a step toward a long-term fix. NWI Times has the story.

SUICIDE PREVENTION: Compared to other states, Indiana sits near the top when it comes to places where teenagers plan to take their own lives. In response to the startling statistics, lawmakers and local schools are looking for a way to support mental health education and school staff training. Learn more from StateImpact.

AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL: Today the U.S. Senate voted to overturn the Obama administration’s rules for school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind. It’s not clear yet what kind of effect the move will have on states, which are currently writing education plans to comply with the law. Read more from Education Week.

COMING UP…
We have a correction to our Tuesday Rise & Shine, which included the wrong time for  the Teacher Story Slam. It will be held at 7 p.m. on April 7. We went to the teacher storytelling event last fall and brought back some of our favorite tales — such as Chelsea Easter-Rose’s story of what happened when a mouse got loose in her classroom.