Rise & Shine: Indianapolis Educators’ Village hits an early snag in attracting teachers to buy homes

Good morning, and happy Monday!

Today, I have a story for you about how the city of Crawfordsville is examining the potential workforce benefits of early childhood education. Workforce development can sometimes be a tough topic to write about, because it can be difficult to see and quantify the issues.

But this problem is probably relatable to a lot of families: The shortage of child care spots in Crawfordsville, the mayor said, is making it tough both for parents to enter the workforce, and for local businesses to find new workers.

Read on!

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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EARLY CHILDHOOD: In the small city of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Mayor Todd Barton has traced the local workforce shortage back to a surprising problem: the lack of preschools, day cares, and after-school programs. Chalkbeat

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Some teacher salaries at Indianapolis Public Schools put them just outside the income cap for affordable housing at the new Educators’ Village. WFYI

MUNCIE: Former Muncie Schools Superintendent Steve Baule, who was not allowed to remain in the district as a teacher, says he was fired for being a whistleblower on illegal activity. Star-Press

FIELD TRIP: A teacher says a trip for Indianapolis students to visit China went wrong when the organizer didn’t raise enough funds to pay for the return flight home. Fox59, RTV6