8 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. ASKING FOR MORE: Indianapolis Public Schools will likely ask voters to increase property taxes to fund $92 million in operating expenses and $200 million in construction and building costs. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS: The variety of issues Chalkbeat revealed in its investigation of Indiana Virtual School underscores a wider need to re-examine how the state holds charter school authorizers accountable. Read more here.
  3. PRIORITIES: State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick outlined her goals for the next year, and among her plans are hopes to fix the state’s diploma conundrum and make kindergarten mandatory. Read more from Chalkbeat, IndyStar and the Journal Gazette.
  4. MISSING MONEY: About $60,000 is missing from the fundraising account of a parent group at Discovery Charter School in Northwest Indiana. Read more in NWI and the Post-Tribune.
  5. CLOSING SCHOOLS: Parents in South Bend are raising concerns that plans to close schools were rushed, and some critics say the board may have improperly discussed the plan behind closed doors. Read more in the South Bend Tribune.
  6. STILL AT RISK: At a summit in Nashville yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cheered the Republican tax plan and declared that America is now a “nation at greater risk,”  referring back to the 1980 report that launched the modern education reform movement. Read more from Chalkbeat.
  7. FORMER IPS ADMINISTRATOR: A former Indianapolis Public Schools administrator who left the district to take over as superintendent of Dayton Public Schools is on administrative leave. Rhonda Corr slept in front of a federal mediator during contract negotiations, berated administrators and received death benefits for a domestic partner while legally married to another person, according to the school board. Read more in the Dayton Daily News.
  8. OBITUARY: Andre B. Lacy, philanthropist, and business, was killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash in Africa. Lacy was also a former president of the Indianapolis Public Schools Board. Read more in the Indy Star.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters