Rise & Shine: Indiana district hires Glenda Ritz for $40,000

7 things you need to know about Indiana education

  1. FRESH START: After it was ousted from Newark and Detroit, Matchbook Learning is hoping to turn around a struggling school in Indianapolis. The charter operator says its software can help make ordinary teachers extraordinary. But educators who have worked with the group cast doubts. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. DEAD OR ALIVE: Halfway through the session, bills that would create a single diploma and require schools to offer computer sciences classes are among the education measures that could become law this year. But lots of other education bills, including mandatory kindergarten, already appear dead. Read the full roundup in Chalkbeat.
  3. RITZ: A consulting firm led by former state superintendent Glenda Ritz was hired to help South Bend schools improve literacy instruction. The district will pay Ritz’s firm $40,000 to work with 10 schools. Read more in the South Bend Tribune.
  4. SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: Superintendents in Northwest Indiana say lawmakers need to look beyond the numbers in order to address the roots of why students are suspended or expelled. Read more in NWI.
  5. BULLYING: An Indiana Democrat says the number of schools reporting zero bullying incidents is a problem — so he wants to strengthen the laws on how schools identify and report bullying to the state. Read more in WISH-TV.
  6. GRADUATE: For Hrang Cung Hu, the road to high school graduation has been arduous. The senior at Manual High School resettled in Indianapolis when he was 17 years old after fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Read more in WTHR.
  7. MONEY PROBLEMS: Mishawaka school officials say they’re taking steps to address the financial problems highlighted in a state audit of the district, which raised issues of over-spending, the misuse of certain funds, and the lack of internal financial controls. Read more in the South Bend Tribune.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters