Rise & Shine: Indiana districts are eliminating valedictorians

LOST CHARTER: When Carpe Diem Meridian opened its doors, it was a one of the first schools to embrace blended learning. But on Wednesday, the Indiana State Charter Board voted not to renew the school’s charter. Now, another question looms: What is next for the network’s other Indianapolis schools? Read more in Chalkbeat.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Like schools across Indiana, Christel House Academy is having a hard time filling teacher vacancies. But the charter school has a novel solution: Train its own educators. Read more in Chalkbeat.

VALEDICTORIANS NO LONGER?: A number of Indiana school districts are doing away with top-ranking class labels. Read more from StateImpact.

PRE-K EXPANSION: Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the 15 new counties that will get to join the state’s preschool pilot program come 2018. Chalkbeat and StateImpact have the story.

SECOND CHANGES: The Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday approved four requests from private schools to delay waivers from repeated D and F grades. The schools — which first made their requests in May — will now get to accept new voucher students this fall. Read more in Chalkbeat, the Associated Press, WFYI.