Rise & Shine: Gay counselor fired from Roncalli speaks out

Good morning,

It was a busy day in Indiana education yesterday, so I’ll try to keep this brief to give everyone an extra moment for reading our abundance of stories.

The biggest news was ILEARN results. As anticipated, passing rates fell for the vast majority of Indiana schools. Then, the state board moved to delay the release of A-F grades to allow lawmakers time to consider legislation to protect schools and teachers from the consequences of low scores. Read on for all the details, plus a database where you can compare scores across the state.

On another note altogether, the student who was shown getting punched by an IMPD officer in a widely circulating video has filed a federal lawsuit that lays out the allegations in detail.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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HEADING TO COURT: An IPS family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against three police officers — including two unnamed district police officers — after a video showing a city police officer punching a 17-year-old student was widely circulated. Chalkbeat, IndyStar, WTHR, RTV6, FOX59

TESTING: Nearly two-thirds of all Indiana students in grades 3-8 did not pass the new state standardized test, according to results released on Wednesday. Chalkbeat, IndyStar, WFYI

Only 45 out of more than 17,000 schools saw their scores increase from the year before, most by a small margin. Find your school’s scores in our database. Chalkbeat

Schools across Indianapolis also saw significant declines, and students of color had lower passing rates than their white peers. Chalkbeat

Hamilton County schools largely maintained higher student passing rates than statewide averages. IndyStar

CONSEQUENCES: The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to postpone releasing 2019 state letter grades for schools to allow time for lawmakers to consider a one-year “hold harmless” exemption. Chalkbeat, Post-Tribune

OP-ED: Three superintendents in Tippecanoe County are calling for the state to make “hold harmless” permanent: “If our legislators are recommending a one-year pause preventing these scores from harming students, teachers and school districts, shouldn’t this pause be a permanent one?” Journal & Courier

CATHOLIC CONTROVERSY: Lynn Starkey, a counselor who was fired from her job at Roncalli high school because she is married to a woman, speaks out about her experience. IndyStar, FOX59

SAFETY: Indiana approved new safety grants for 429 schools through the Secured School Safety Grant program. WFYI