Rise & Shine: Gary schools receive $3 million loan from the state

NEW DEVOS DETAILS: We learned where Betsy DeVos is headed on her Indiana visit today. Read more from Chalkbeat to see where she’s stopping in Gary, Indianapolis and Hancock County. One stop on her tour is an unusual Indianapolis charter school that is designed for students in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

MYSTERIOUS EXIT: The principal of Indianapolis Public Schools largest high school was abruptly replaced earlier this week. It’s unclear what led to the move, which is especially surprising because of her award-winning record.

STORY TIME: This middle school teacher made the decision to come out to his students, but didn’t expect that a parent would say he was unfit to be around kids. Watch him tell it in his own words.

TEACHER VILLAGE: Several Indianapolis community organizations are creating a plan for a “teacher village” on the near east side to make it easier for educators to live near each other and the schools where they teach. Such plans can have positive effects for students, research says. Read more in Chalkbeat.

ACTIVE DUTY: A local superintendent has been called to service with the National Guard for Hurricane Irma relief in Florida. Read more from the IndyStar.

FINANCIAL ‘DISARRAY’: Gary Schools, currently in millions of dollars of debt and under emergency management, received a $3 million loan from the state this week. And it will likely need more as enrollment drops and costs mount. Read more from the NWI Times and the Post Tribune.

STEM TEACHERS: As schools statewide struggle to hire teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, a newly-formed statewide council will soon meet to talk about how to increase recruitment. Read more from Inside Indiana Business.

FINE ARTS: It’s National Arts in Education Week, and IPS students are celebrating. Learn more from WISH-TV and check out this story and video from Chalkbeat’s archives about a music lesson where superheroes took center stage.

Coming up…

After months of discussion, the Indianapolis Public Schools Board is expected to vote Monday on a proposal to reconfigure high schools. Catch up on the full plan, and follow Dylan on twitter @dylanpmccoy for updates.