Rise & Shine: How thousands of refugee students have brought parts of their cultures to Perry Township schools

Happy Monday!

“Public transit” has sometimes been a loaded term around Indianapolis. Our limited public transit system has been a defining characteristic of the city’s personality — and a point of frustration for many.

That’s in part why many are heralding IndyGo’s revamping of its bus routes as a big step for Indianapolis. And one of the benefits of the new rapid transit bus lines is that they could offer an alternative to Indianapolis Public Schools’ yellow school buses.

Dylan looks into whether the district could replace school buses with IndyGo passes for high school students. It could save IPS a lot of money, but some raise concerns over some potential gaps in access for students in some pockets of the city.

Read on! And have a great day.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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GETTING THERE: Why IPS wants high schoolers to take IndyGo instead of yellow school buses. Chalkbeat

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