7 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. BEHIND THE STORY: If you didn’t catch it over the weekend, check out this interview with Indiana reporter Shaina Cavazos on her investigation of Indiana Virtual School.
  2. RITZ’S TAKE: Former Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz says virtual schools “prey” on the state’s most vulnerable students. Read more from Chalkbeat and the IBJ.
  3. OUT OF STATE VISITORS: School board members from Memphis are en route to Indianapolis to learn about the innovation schools that have been praised by Betsy DeVos and other school choice advocates. Read more from our friends at Chalkbeat Tennessee.
  4. GRADUATION: Indiana is looking for a way to bypass new federal graduation rate requirements, but it’s a long shot. Read more from the IndyStar.
  5. PRESCHOOL: Preschool advocates near Kokomo, north of Indianapolis, are working to ensure the available programs meet the needs of local families and prepare kids to enter kindergarten. Read more from the Kokomo Tribune.
  6. TAKEOVER: As the state considers whether to get even more involved in the troubled Muncie school district, consider these 10 things to know about the takeover process. Read more from the Star Press.
  7. TEACHER COLLEGE: Businessman and school-choice advocate Fred Klipsch has made a hefty donation to Marian University’s teachers college. Read more from Inside Indiana Business.