Rise & Shine: Education issues are front and center as Indiana lawmakers go into special session

STATE TAKEOVER: As lawmakers prepare to extend control over two public school districts, some civic leaders are questioning the disparate treatment of Gary, a majority-black district, and Muncie, a predominantly white one. Chalkbeat

SPECIAL SESSION: Expanding a special college savings account is among the issues lawmakers will take up when they meet for a special session Monday, as part of a bill that would, in part, make 529 savings plans available for K-12 school tuition. WFYI

Read more on the special session from the AP, Post-Tribune, RTV6, Star-Press, WFYI.

REDISTRICTING: The South Bend Community School Corp. is awaiting a federal judge’s ruling on whether its school reorganization plan will be approved. South Bend Tribune

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: Indianapolis Public Schools has banned substitute teacher from serving in the district after an allegation of inappropriate talking to a student — but the student’s mother said the substitute teacher was soon back in schools. WISH

FUNDING: Educators in Farmersburg, Indiana, held a rally Saturday, urging lawmakers to give more attention to rural public schools, specifically when it comes to funding. WFYI, Tribune-Star

SEX ED: The parents of children in Fairfield Community Schools are concerned about the sex education curriculum, saying the details are too graphic to teach. Fox59

FIELD TRIPS: Public, private, and homeschool teachers can receive a grant worth up to $250 to defray the cost of an educational field trip to an Indiana state park or state reservoir. NWI