COMPROMISE: Lawmakers came to a tentative agreement about expanding the state’s preschool program — and it keeps in controversial language on vouchers and online learning. Read more from Chalkbeat.
DISTRICT TAKEOVER: Ahead of a final decision about how to handle the financial distress in Gary and Muncie school districts, some lawmakers are still worried about a plan that would empower the state to take over school districts — not just financially, but academically. While that’s not uncommon, experts say, here’s what is: taking over a district that hasn’t been failing. Chalkbeat has more.
STATE SUPERINTENDENT: Despite some twists and turns, a measure that will make Indiana’s state schools chief appointed, rather than elected, passed the legislature earlier this week and now heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb for approval. Read more from Chalkbeat, Journal Gazette, IndyStar and Education Week.
GOING ABROAD: Two Indianapolis Schools Board members made an unusual school visit earlier this month, traveling halfway around the world to see a study abroad program that could soon be an option for local students. But the trip, which was paid for by the non-profit Mind Trust, inspired some criticism. Chalkbeat has the story.
BREWING BACKLASH: It will be months before the Indianapolis Public Schools administration reveals the list of schools it aims to close. But a proposal to shutter three high schools is already drawing criticism. Read more from Chalkbeat, WFYI, The Indianapolis Recorder, CBS4, WISH and WTHR.
CEASEFIRE: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had her first meeting yesterday with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a vocal critic of the nation’s new education chief. Weingarten chose Van Wert — a small Ohio city about 20 minutes from the Indiana border — for their meeting in part because it’s in “Trump country.” Read more in Chalkbeat.