Rise & Shine: A year following a teen parent

6 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. VIRTUAL SCHOOLS: Gov. Eric Holcomb said the Indiana Virtual School’s poor performance — which includes two years of F grades and few graduates — needs “immediate attention and action.” Read more from Chalkbeat.
  2. GRADUATION: Despite six hours of public comment from educators and parents opposing a new high school graduation plan, (and another hour the day before) the state board went ahead and approved it. Read more in Chalkbeat, WFYI, AP, RTV6, Journal Gazette, and NWI.
  3. UNION: Indiana’s largest teachers union is calling on lawmakers to restore millions of dollars to the state’s public schools, along with mandatory kindergarten and transparency for charter schools in its 2018 legislative goals. Read more in Chalkbeat and StateImpact.
  4. TEEN PARENTING: When parents are also high schoolers, they face a host of challenges. The Indy Star’s Suzette Hackney spent a year following a high school senior, volleyball player — and teen mother. Read more in the Indy Star.
  5. LEADERSHIP: The Muncie school board must decide whether to renew the contract of the current superintendent. The district has been plagued by financial woes (leading to state intervention) and the superintendent has become a lightning rod. Read more in the Star Press.
  6. CHILD CARE DESERTS: An ambitious slate of efforts are trying to help increase the availability of trained child care providers in Denver’s child care deserts. Read more in Chalkbeat.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters