Rise & Shine: Education issues are front and center as Indiana lawmakers go into special session

As Indiana lawmakers go into special session, some civic leaders are bringing up race as an issue in state takeover. Lawmakers are expected to fast-track a bill dealing with the Gary and Muncie school districts, but some say different treatment of the two districts sets up a double standard that awards Muncie opportunities denied Gary. Read on.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

STATE TAKEOVER: As lawmakers prepare to extend control over two public school districts, some civic leaders are questioning the disparate treatment of Gary, a majority-black district, and Muncie, a predominantly white one. Chalkbeat

SPECIAL SESSION: Expanding a special college savings account is among the issues lawmakers will take up when they meet for a special session Monday, as part of a bill that would, in part, make 529 savings plans available for K-12 school tuition. WFYI

Read more on the special session from the AP, Post-Tribune, RTV6, Star-Press, WFYI.

REDISTRICTING: The South Bend Community School Corp. is awaiting a federal judge’s ruling on whether its school reorganization plan will be approved. South Bend Tribune

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: Indianapolis Public Schools has banned substitute teacher from serving in the district after an allegation of inappropriate talking to a student — but the student’s mother said the substitute teacher was soon back in schools. WISH

FUNDING: Educators in Farmersburg, Indiana, held a rally Saturday, urging lawmakers to give more attention to rural public schools, specifically when it comes to funding. WFYI, Tribune-Star

SEX ED: The parents of children in Fairfield Community Schools are concerned about the sex education curriculum, saying the details are too graphic to teach. Fox59

FIELD TRIPS: Public, private, and homeschool teachers can receive a grant worth up to $250 to defray the cost of an educational field trip to an Indiana state park or state reservoir. NWI