7 things you need to know about Indiana education
LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: A state committee is beginning its work devising a new set of additional graduation requirements for Indiana high school students. It’s not clear yet what form they’ll take, but committee members agreed employers need to have a seat at the table. Read more from Chalkbeat.
GROWING: An Indianapolis charter network is expanding across the state and to Detroit, largely by taking over charter schools that have lost their operators. Chalkbeat sat down with founder Earl Phalen to talk about why he has focused on school turnaround.
VOUCHERS AND LGBT STUDENTS: As home to one of the largest voucher programs in the nation, Indiana is also at the center of a national argument: Should private schools that receive public funding be allowed to discriminate against LGBT students? A Chalkbeat investigation looked into how common discriminatory policies are. Check out the full story and our database of school policies.
COLLEGE PLANS: When faced with the news that she might not be able to go to college, a Zionsville teenager with Down Syndrome refused to give up. Read more from the Indy Star.
BUS WOES: The school year got off to a rocky start for Muncie schools earlier this month, and buses are the main culprit. Scheduling problems, a bus driver shortage and financial issues culminated in upset parents speaking up at a meeting Tuesday night. Read more from WISH-TV, StateImpact and Herald Times.
CLOSING CONCERNS: At a forum held at Broad Ripple High School Tuesday night, community members and Rep. Ed DeLaney, an Indianapolis Democrat, voiced their concerns about the district’s plan to close the school. Read more from WISH-TV.