Rise & Shine: Counselor sues Roncalli, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

It’s a good moment to be a public transit obsessive in Indianapolis. In my apartment on Meridian Street, construction crews preparing for the city’s first bus rapid transit line are my soundtrack. Folks in our office have been sending around videos explaining the traffic rules for the Red Line. Excitedly.

But it’s hard to deny that the Indianapolis public transit system still has big gaps. And if you’re not lucky enough to live near downtown, getting around by bus can be hard.

That’s a problem the city’s charter schools persistently grapple with. Because the schools don’t get the same funding for transportation as traditional districts, more and more charter schools are turning to IndyGo to help students get to school. But some school leaders say the service is not yet good enough.

Plus, Stephanie will have the scoop on Indiana’s virtual charter schools on “All IN” on WFYI today at 1 p.m. Listen live on 90.1 FM or streaming at

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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GETTING THERE: In offering city bus passes to district students, Indianapolis Public Schools is taking a page from the city’s charter sector, which is increasingly leaning on IndyGo to get students to school at a reasonable price. Chalkbeat

CATHOLIC CONTROVERSY: A gay guidance counselors who was fired from her job at Roncalli High School because she was married to a woman is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Roncalli High School. IndyStar, WISH, FOX59, RTV6, WTHR

SAFETY: The Vigo school district is barring school buses from traveling on Interstate 70 west of Indianapolis because of concerns over a significant number of crashes. FOX59