4 things you should know about Indiana education

IT’S BACK: A bill that would make Indiana’s state schools chief appointed, not elected, took a step forward Monday. It passed the Senate Rules Committee with some key amendments and now heads to the full Senate. Those changes helped the bill break through legislative snarls that could have killed it this year for good. Read more from Chalkbeat and NWI.

AT THE TOP: Indiana got top marks from a national advocacy group for its charter school-friendly laws. But the report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools also knocked Indiana for its lax regulation of online charter schools. Read more from Chalkbeat.

VOUCHERS, VOUCHERS: Indiana’s voucher program is getting a close look from media across the state and the U.S. Last weekend, the IBJ took a look at whether the program is worth it for taxpayers. The IndyStar looked at academic outcomes for students. And the IndyStar editorial board is calling for more financial oversight of voucher-funded schools.

DRUG TESTING: Franklin County schools could see random drug testing for students if the board adopts a new policy early next month. RTV6 has more.