Rise & Shine: Lawmakers propose new system to identify districts in financial trouble

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— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters

6 things you should know about Indiana education

NEW PRESIDENT: The Indianapolis Public Schools board of education elected its new president last night, and he says he’s making transparency about district decision-making a priority. Read more from Chalkbeat.

ONE DIPLOMA: Lawmakers are responding to concerns from educators and parents by proposing the state collapse its four diplomas into one. Read more from Chalkbeat, IndyStar

A-F GRADES: New A-F grading rules that are up for a vote at Wednesday’s state board of education meeting could place even more emphasis on test scores — and even some board members didn’t see it coming. Read more from Chalkbeat.

GOING AFROCENTRIC: An Indianapolis innovation school is helping teachers weave Afrocentric education into regular classes. The aim is to make school more relevant for students and tell them “the truth about our histories.” Read more in Chalkbeat.

GIVING BONUSES: New research suggests that giving teachers bonuses based on performance could help boost student test scores without pushing down morale. Read more in Chalkbeat.

MONEY TROUBLE: If lawmakers approve it, schools could eventually have a new system to monitor their financial health before it heads south. The proposals also include plans for a data dashboard to better identify trends. Read more from the Star Press.