PICKING LEADERS: The Mind Trust has spent $3.2 million on fellowships and support for new innovation schools — but it has also bet about $550,000 on funding innovation ideas that didn’t come to fruition. Now, Mind Trust is focusing on supporting established leaders and charter networks. Read more from Chalkbeat.
SO FAR SO GOOD?: It’s two months into Jennifer McCormick’s administration as state superintendent. The reviews are fairly optimistic and political spats have noticeably dropped off, but not everyone agrees her approach is what’s best for Indiana. Check out our story.
LOSING MONEY: Indiana could lose $56 million in federal funding for teacher training and after school programs under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said the budget would be “a big hit” to the state. Read more from StateImpact.
CHOOSING VOUCHERS: Thousands of families across Indiana benefit from the state’s voucher program, which helps pay private school tuition. The IndyStar spoke with families about why they are using vouchers.
SCHOOL PRAYER: A bill concerning students’ religious rights in schools continues to move through the legislature, most recently passing out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill did see some amendments from senators, including the removal of a provision concerning prayer in “public forums.” Read more from The Statehouse File, the IndyStar, RTV6, the Associated Press, and StateImpact.
TAX HIKE: Carmel Schools is the latest district to announce plans to ask taxpayers for more money. Carmel will ask voters to replace an expiring referendum in May. If it doesn’t pass, the superintendent said the district could lay off hundreds of staff. Read more in the IndyStar.