Rise & Shine: Indiana school referendums failed at a high rate this year

Welcome back to the work week.

Thanks to all of you who came out to our story slam on Friday. We’re really excited to share videos of teachers’ stories soon.

Last week, I visited a pre-K classroom at Global Prep, where the teacher speaks almost exclusively in Spanish. The rusty gears in my brain started squeaking to recall my high school and college Spanish classes to catch what she was explaining in her morning lessons. But the 4- and 5-year-olds in the classroom, most of whom weren’t native Spanish speakers, took it in stride: They understood her, followed her directions, and answered her questions.

Global Prep’s foray into pre-K is unusual for a charter school, but its school leader strongly believes an earlier start greatly benefits students. Read more about how charter schools are working to offer pre-K, despite challenges, in my story below.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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EARLY START: Indiana charter schools face hurdles to offering pre-K. But some have figured out a way. Chalkbeat

PROPERTY TAXES: Why more Indiana school referendums failed in May than in the last eight years. IndyStar

OP-EDS: An Indiana superintendent writes: “Is it any wonder that Indiana teachers are leaving the profession or this state in droves?” Journal & Courier

A 15-year-old student calls on lawmakers to support his teachers. Star-Press

Glenda Ritz says teacher pay hasn’t been a priority in Indiana for years. IBJ

A lead budget-writer says the state did its part to pump more money toward teachers. IBJ

Noblesville parents say lawmakers failed to meaningfully act to curb school violence. IndyStar, Fox59

MORALE: Some Muncie teachers say morale is rising as the district undergoes dramatic changes. Star-Press

INCLUSION: An Indiana high school agrees to use a transgender student’s preferred name at graduation after his parent’s petition. Advocate

An Evansville school celebrates diversity with International Day. Courier & Press