4 things you should know about Indiana education

LIFE-CHANGING: Three teachers and one principal from Indianapolis Public Schools will win a big prize — $25,000 — that’s intended to recognize the “life-changing” impact they’ve had on students. Chalkbeat has the 10 finalists.

DATA DIVIDE: Indiana lawmakers have demanded evidence on how effective the state’s preschool program is before moving to give a major boost to funding — but there’s been no similar call for long-term, state-backed research before spending millions on the voucher program. That disparity has some lawmakers, researchers and educators concerned. Read more from Chalkbeat.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Hoosier Academy Virtual is set to make another appearance before the Indiana State Board of Education this week — one of many over the past several years as state officials decide how to handle the charter school’s years of poor test scores and state grades. Read more about what’s up for discussion on Wednesday from Chalkbeat and StateImpact, and find background on Indiana virtual schools in our series.

CUTBACKS: East Chicago schools are going to face some cuts after voters overwhelmingly rejected the district’s request for more money last week. Read more in the Post-Tribune.