6 things you should know about Indiana education

MCCORMICK ON TESTING: Glenda Ritz is no longer state superintendent, but some of her ideas are still in play. Wednesday, current Indiana schools chief Jennifer McCormick supported a “computer-adaptive” test to replace ISTEP, something Ritz had lobbied for that was dismissed by other members of the ISTEP replacement panel. Find more of McCormick’s testing comments from Chalkbeat and Inside Indiana Business.

PRE-K DEBATE: The battle over preschool expansion rages on. In yesterday’s Senate Education Committee, lawmakers stripped out the voucher language in House Bill 1004 and rolled back its funding proposal, leaving it looking quite similar to the Senate’s original plan. Read more from WFYI, The Statehouse File and The Associated Press.

WEST SIDE STORY: The won’t be a new middle school for the west side after a plan for Goodwill and Indianapolis Public Schools collapsed recently. The innovative school was supposed to serve middle school students and their parents.

FEDERAL DOLLARS: President Trump’s budget proposal offers lots of changes that could reverberate through schools across the country, including adding $1.4 billion to support charter schools and private school choice programs. It would also eliminate AmeriCorp, a service program whose volunteers help in many low-income schools.

TELLING STORIES: Chalkbeat caught up with Melissa Scherle, a second grade teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools, at a Teach Plus event recently, where she talked with us about how she thinks teacher training could be improved. Read Melissa’s story and suggest who else we should talk with here, the latest in our “What’s your education story?” occasional series.

TROUBLE IN MUNCIE: Muncie schools are in dire financial straights, and district leaders are considering everything from requesting a state loan to closing schools, according to WISH television. A third school was closed because of heating issues after the district spent money earmarked for repairs on operations costs, the Star Press reported. Read the basics of the financial crisis and what state takeover might look like from the Star Press.