Rise & Shine: How school district nondiscrimination policies compare

Good morning,

My love of reading began with audiobooks. As a child, I listened to hundreds of hours of stories about poorly supervised children on sailing adventures and orphans thrust into new homes. I heard tales of girls who set out to slay dragons — and girls who set out to befriend them.

I thought about those stories, and who I might be without them, when I heard about a new program at three Indianapolis Public Schools. The aim of the Love of Reading initiative is to overhaul school libraries to make them sources of inspiration for students by renovating the spaces, curating exciting books, and adding new programing for families.

Plus, I dig in to a potential state law that would subject high schools to additional scrutiny and could lower their graduation rates when many students leave to home-school. And Stephanie has the story of a legislative session that was expected to focus on education issues but left some people unsatisfied.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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CLOSER LOOK: A new law could increase scrutiny of Indiana high schools where large shares of students who are short on credits leave to home-school. Chalkbeat

LOVE OF READING: Three Indianapolis Public Schools are overhauling their libraries with the help of a grant that will pay for renovations, new books, new staff members, and programing for families. Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY: Despite expectations that teacher pay would be a top issue at the Indiana Statehouse, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb acknowledged, “We’re not there yet.” Chalkbeat, WFYI, South Bend Tribune

STATEHOUSE: Lawmakers shaped several bills in private, and one of them was a bill that addressed school safety and student mental health. IndyStar

DISCRIMINATION: Hamilton Southeastern Schools caused a furor when the board rejected specific language in revising its nondiscrimination policy. Here’s how other district policies compare. IndyStar