Rise & Shine: An IPS family worries their daughter’s short walk to school is too dangerous

Happy Monday — and happy first day of school to those in Indianapolis Public Schools!

Just days before the school year started, a charter school announced a last-minute closure. Marion Academy was specially geared toward students who have been in the juvenile justice system, were expelled or were at-risk of expulsion — but the school was facing too many problems to open its doors this year. Read on for more details.

Plus, a challenge to the IPS teachers union has fizzled out. An upstart teachers group had sought to overthrow the current leadership and bring in new representation, a push that came as the local union faced a financial scandal.

But the challengers soon found it would be an uphill battle to replace the current union — one too steep for them to climb. See Dylan's story below.

Have a great day!

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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NO MORE: Upstart teachers group abandons plans to challenge the IPS union. Chalkbeat

CLOSED: A struggling Indianapolis charter school designed to serve the city’s most troubled youth will close just days before the beginning of the school year, officials said Friday. Chalkbeat

BY THE NUMBERS: Indiana schools still struggle to report bullying. Here’s why it’s so hard to capture. Chalkbeat, IndyStar, Pal-Item, WISH

SAFE PASSAGE: This Indianapolis family lives too close to school for the bus to pick up their daughter. But they worry her 15-minute walk is too dangerous. WISH

SCHOOL CHOICE: KIPP Indy’s new high school gives the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood another school option. IndyK12

BACK TO SCHOOL: When should kids go back to school? The debate continues. NWI

INSPIRED: A STEM summer camp for girls aimed to build coding skills. Indianapolis Recorder

WARNING: In Evansville, the sheriff’s office warns that drivers who fail to stop for a school bus could face charges, not just a traffic ticket. Courier & Press