Rise & Shine: Chalkbeat is collecting high school memories

EQUAL ACCESS: In Indiana, poor students and students of color are more likely to have ineffective, inexperienced teachers than their peers. As part of their work to comply with new federal law, state officials want to change that. Read more from Chalkbeat.

HIGH SCHOOL INNOVATION: At the same time that Indianapolis Public Schools leaders are planning to close three district high schools, they approved adding three innovation high schools to the district. Are innovation schools the future for IPS students?

TELL YOUR STORY: Chalkbeat is collecting stories from former students and teachers at Arlington, Broad Ripple, Northwest, and John Marshall. As Arlington High School faces the threat of closure, Timothy Bass, Sr., an alumnus from the Class of 1982, plans to fight to make sure current and future students continue to experience the same love and support he did at school.

SOLAR ECLIPSE: Schools in Indiana and across the continental United States are preparing for the first solar eclipse in nearly one hundred years. That means putting together sun funnels and teaching kids about the science of eclipses, but also changing school schedules, cancelling recess, and lecturing students on “eclipse blindness” to make sure kids aren’t out staring at the sun unsupervised. Read more in the Herald Times and CBS4.

TOO SMALL?: More than half of Indiana school districts enroll fewer than 2,000 students. Academic performance may be lower in small districts, according to a new report commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Chamber has supported legislation to encourage districts to consolidate. Read more in WFYI the IndyStar.

BOOK BANNING: A school board member in Fishers is calling on the school to stop teaching Kite Runner in Advanced Placement literature class, after her daughter asked her a “graphic” question about the acclaimed novel.