Rise & Shine: Indiana schools receive millions in safety grants — but don’t have to disclose how they use them

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REIMAGINED: Purdue is trying to upend the traditional high school model. Here’s what it looks like. Chalkbeat

TEACHERS: Teachers’ frustration extends well beyond pay, but would they walk out? IBJ

SAFETY: How schools have used millions of public dollars for safety initiatives doesn’t have to be disclosed to the public. So how safe are schools? We don’t know. IndyStar

TECHNOLOGY: Find out where your school ranks when it comes to use of textbooks vs. technology. Courier & Press

DISCIPLINE: Restorative justice program at Portage High School works to build trust and lower disciplinary problems in troubled students. NWI Times

GRADUATION: At graduation, these adult education students in Merrillville reflected on the obstacles they overcame. Post-Tribune

AUDIT: Two administrators have been placed on leave, and a career center has to repay $450,000 after a state audit raised “critical” concerns about teachers lacking certification, students not attending classes, and questionable use of grant dollars. RTV6, Fox59

INTEGRATION: A federal judge approved South Bend schools’ updated plan for meeting the terms of the 1981 consent decree to integrate schools. South Bend Tribune

LEARNING GARDENS: Through a non-profit co-founded by Kimbal Musk, Indianapolis teachers are using learning gardens as outdoor classrooms to introduce children to “real food.” Fox59

OFFICIALLY OPTIONAL: The Indiana Department of Education releases brief memo on cursive writing in schools. WTHR