Rise & Shine: Federal judge rules in favor of transgender student

When Chalkbeat Indiana called me in December 2017 to offer me a summer internship position, I cried. I was so happy.

My editor at TheStatehouseFile.com introduced me to the education news outlet during my freshman year of college after I expressed an interest in writing about education policy. She told me to check out Chalkbeat, and I’m so glad I did.

I’ve always had a passion for education, and I love the art of storytelling. Chalkbeat combines the two.

Everyone has a story — the taxpayers who are affected by a referendum, the teachers who are spending their own dollars so their students have a safe place to learn and grow, the parents who would give anything to ensure their children are receiving a quality education. These people want to be heard and be part of the conversation, and that’s why Chalkbeat is here.

As I prepare for my final year at Franklin College, I’m reflecting on what made this internship so special. The answer is simple: You. The readers. The teachers. The students. You all made this an experience I will never forget. Thank you for reading.

— Shelby Mullis, reporter

P.S. Check out one of my final stories below about Indiana’s new approach to teaching ethnic studies and how it goes beyond slavery and stereotypes.

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ETHNIC STUDIES: Effective this year, Indiana high schools must offer an ethnic studies elective at least once a year. The course aims to equip high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to better understand their peers. Chalkbeat

LAWSUIT: A federal judge has ruled in favor of a transgender student who sued a southwestern Indiana school district for denying him use of male restrooms. Associated Press

VACCINATIONS: All Indiana sixth and 12th graders are required to have a hepatitis A vaccination before coming to school this year. It’s a new requirement from the state in response to an outbreak of hepatitis A. WFYI

SOLAR FARM: A solar farm that will supply electricity to a central Indiana high school is almost finished. WFYI

DRUG ABUSE: The Fairbanks Foundation awarded $7.5 million in grants to help educate Marion County students about substance abuse. RTV6