Rise & Shine: Critics spotlight teacher pay as Holcomb announces reelection bid


Last week, when we were discussing the Indiana Virtual School scandal in our office, one of the first questions that came up was: Will the state ever get its money back?

The two virtual charter schools owe about $40 million for students who state officials say shouldn’t have been enrolled — and the state now calculates it to be closer to $47 million.

For now, the state is cutting off the flow of future public dollars as a way to recover funding. But that could instead force the schools to close. What other options could the state have? Read on.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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VIRTUAL SCANDAL: With the threat of the closures of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy looming, the state might not be able to get all its money back. Chalkbeat

OP-EDS: “With freedom and choice comes responsibility,” writes the IBJ editorial board, blaming politics for clouding accountability in the case of the virtual charter schools scandal. IBJ

“Where did the money go?” asks The Statehouse File publisher John Krull, calling the costs of the virtual charter schools scandal “tragic” and “real.” The Statehouse File

The News-Sentinel’s editorial board calls on the state’s teacher pay commission to come up with meaningful ways to increase teacher pay. News-Sentinel

EXTRA CASH: A budget surplus at the end of the year prompts the question of whether Indiana could spend more on teachers — and how. IBJ, The Statehouse File

ELECTION 2020: Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announces his reelection bid, touting his education record while critics say he hasn’t done enough on issues such as teacher pay. IndyStar, AP, CNHI

PAYCHECK BOOSTS: Some Indiana educators look to teach online or take on other jobs that pay better than classroom teaching. Fox59

HOMETOWN ROOTS: A look back at new IPS superintendent Aleesia Johnson’s Evansville roots. Courier & Press

SUMMER VACATION: The Indianapolis Fire Department rolls out a truck to encourage kids to read over the summer. WTHR

CHARGES: A longtime Indiana teacher and coach is accused of sexual misconduct with a student. Pal-Item, Fox59