Rise & Shine: Federal judge rules in favor of transgender student

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ETHNIC STUDIES: Effective this year, Indiana high schools must offer an ethnic studies elective at least once a year. The course aims to equip high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to better understand their peers. Chalkbeat

LAWSUIT: A federal judge has ruled in favor of a transgender student who sued a southwestern Indiana school district for denying him use of male restrooms. Associated Press

VACCINATIONS: All Indiana sixth and 12th graders are required to have a hepatitis A vaccination before coming to school this year. It’s a new requirement from the state in response to an outbreak of hepatitis A. WFYI

SOLAR FARM: A solar farm that will supply electricity to a central Indiana high school is almost finished. WFYI

DRUG ABUSE: The Fairbanks Foundation awarded $7.5 million in grants to help educate Marion County students about substance abuse. RTV6