Rise & Shine: Gov. Eric Holcomb names new teacher pay commission

Good morning,

If community engagement and due diligence can be measured by the length of public hearings, the D.C. City Council hit the ball out of the park yesterday. During a hearing that lasted nearly 10 hours — including several hours of public comment — council members asked former Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee about a broad range of challenges facing the district. But it was the scrutiny of his record in Indianapolis that led to some of the tensest moments of the hearing.

Read on for the details.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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TOUGH CROWD: Former Indianapolis Superintendent Lewis Ferebee was grilled about the performance of students in Indianapolis Public Schools during a confirmation hearing Tuesday to lead the Washington, D.C., school system. Chalkbeat, Washington Post

CREATIVITY FTW:  A new study shows that a Houston arts education initiative helped boost students’ compassion for their classmates, lower discipline rates, and improved students’ scores on writing tests. Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY: Indiana’s governor has put together a group tasked with figuring out how the state can get more dollars to teacher salaries. WFYI

SHIFTING VIEWS: In the wake of several school shootings in 2018, Indiana lawmakers are now showing support for loosening gun laws. IndyStar

FINANCIAL AID: A new proposal could help low-income families get a tax credit to pay for textbooks. RTV6