5 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. HONORS: With the school year wrapping up, some of the best teachers in Indianapolis Public Schools are getting some extra recognition. Wednesday, three teachers and one principal were honored with the Hubbard award, which comes with a $25,000 prize. The district also announced the 10 finalists for Teacher of the Year.
  2. CREATIVE DISCIPLINE: At a teacher story slam this spring, one teacher told the tale of Black Santa and how her quick thinking and creativity helped keep a fifth-grader on track. Read more from Chalkbeat.
  3. “INNOVATION” IN ACTION: Two years after Indianapolis Public Schools began creating innovation schools, which are part of the district but run like charter schools, we are starting to see how diverse the schools are. Read more in the Indianapolis Business Journal.
  4. TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling could offer guidance to Indiana schools. The court ruled in favor of a transgender student in a case out of Wisconsin, where the student refused to use a gender-neutral bathroom his school provided him as an alternative. The Indy Star has the story.
  5. WATER SAFETY: Indiana is set to begin testing school drinking water for lead toxicity across the state. The move comes after a crisis last year in East Chicago where intense water contamination was found near apartments and an elementary school. Read more from StateImpact.

Coming up:

  • The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to — for the second time in two months — take up requests from private voucher-funded schools to waive the consequences of years of D and F grades. At the board’s May meeting, the measures didn’t pass. Read more about the schools asking for relief here and find the state board agenda for Wednesday’s meeting here.