Rise & Shine: Indiana teachers hold ‘walk-ins’ to rally for better pay, increased school funding

Hi folks,

The marathon of the legislative session is ending with a sprint. Yesterday, as teachers across the state were rallying to support their local schools, Republican lawmakers were heralding education funding increases in the revised budget draft.

But Democrats criticized the budget plan for favoring charter and voucher schools over traditional public schools, and teacher groups said this is just a first step in what they hope will be bigger strides toward increasing salaries.

Read more in our story below on what’s tucked into the budget, which is expected to be finalized today. Plus, check out what subject areas have teacher shortages, and catch up on how lawmakers addressed charter schools’ claims to unused district buildings — the latest piece in the ongoing Broad Ripple High School saga.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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DOLLARS AND CENTS: Indiana’s proposed budget boosts education spending. But does it go far enough on teacher salaries? Chalkbeat

DIBS: Legislation that aims to give districts more freedom to sell their unused schools would grant a charter school dibs to space in the former Broad Ripple High School — even if it is sold to a private developer. Chalkbeat

ON THE LIST: Here are Indiana’s subject areas with the greatest teacher shortages. Chalkbeat

LONG-TERM EFFECTS: Do voucher students’ scores bounce back after initial declines? New research says no. Chalkbeat

RALLIES & WALK-INS: Educators in northwest Indiana and Evansville rallied for better teacher pay and higher school funding. Courier & Press and Post-Tribune

GUNS IN SCHOOLS: Jason Seaman, the teacher who was injured when he stopped the Noblesville school shooter, criticized proposed legislation to allow teachers to be shot with projectiles during active shooter training. IndyStar