Rise & Shine: How Indiana districts plan to respond to student walkouts

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6 things you need to know about Indiana education

  1. GETTING TO KNOW YOU: For Houston educators and Great American Teach-Off finalists Terrance O’Neil and Tim Livingston, math is all about context. Find out how they attempt to make equations accessible to all of their students in this interview. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. POSTPONED: Indianapolis Public Schools hit pause Monday night on its $725 million referendums — a stunning move that came in the wake of business and community concerns. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  3. SLEEPING IN: As Indianapolis Public Schools moves to update school start times, the district is considering letting high schoolers sleep in. But some parents have concerns. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  4. CARVE-OUT: A provision making its way through the legislature could exempt IPS from a rule that gives charters the chance to buy or lease empty schools for $1. The move comes as IPS is closing high schools and plans to sell Broad Ripple High School. Read more in the Indy Star.
  5. WALKOUT: Several Central Indiana districts have said they will allow students to walk out of school as part of nationwide protests calling for legislation to respond to gun violence. But some districts don’t have clear policies. Read more in the Indy Star.
  6. SCHOOL CLOSING: The financially imperiled Gary school district will close one of its two high schools at the end of this year, after the state approved a plan proposed by the emergency manager. Read more in NWI and the Post-Tribune.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter