SHUTTERING SCHOOLS: After years of declining enrollment, Indianapolis Public Schools is planning to shrink its footprint. The administration released a recommendation Friday to close three high schools. But district officials have not yet named the schools that will close. Read more in Chalkbeat, IndyStar, WTHR, RTV6, AP and Education Week.
LEGISLATIVE DEADLINE: As lawmakers wrap up their work for the session, a number of major education bills are still up for debate — including: ISTEP, preschool, vouchers and school funding. Read about where these proposals are in negotiations and what they could mean for Indiana schools. Chalkbeat.
TEACHER LEADERS: Indianapolis Public Schools is getting national attention for a new program that gives teachers as much as $18,300 extra each year for taking on leadership roles and mentoring other educators. Chalkbeat wrote earlier this year about how the program is transforming one elementary school.
SHARING STORIES: A teacher who works for KIPP Indianapolis recounted a tenuous moment with a student that left her fearing for her job. Turns out, it was the beginning of a relationship that helped the young girl make it through to graduation. Read more from Chalkbeat.
NATIONAL MONEY: When the Mind Trust started more than a decade ago, the Indianapolis nonprofit relied on local funding. These days, however, the group is attracting big money from national foundations that support charter schools and other school choice programs. Read more in the Indianapolis Business Journal.
VOUCHERS: A proposal in an omnibus education bill still winding its way through the legislature would require private voucher schools to submit an annual financial report to the state, a nod to the massive money troubles seen by the now-closed Todd Academy. Read more from the IndyStar.