Rise & Shine: Gary strikes a debt deal with the IRS

TRAINING TEACHERS: Faced with a shortage of teachers, Lawrence Township Schools is trying to grow its own crop of educators. A new program in partnership with IUPUI will help teachers aides and other non-licensed school staff members earn teaching licenses while they work. Read more in Chalkbeat.

DEBT: Gary Schools made a deal with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The district is paying $320,000 in exchange for the feds forgiving an estimated $8.4 million debt. Read more in the Post-Tribune.

UNIONS: A group of teachers in California have formed the first union for a virtual charter school. The school, which is run by the for-profit K12 Inc., enrolls an estimated 12,000 students in the state. Read more in NPR and Education Week.