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Rise & Shine: Inside Howe High School, teachers and students see change after years of failure

Good morning,

It’s not unusual that controversial bills see big changes as they wind through the legislature. That’s certainly true of a bill lawmakers advanced out of committee today that, in its earlier form, would have required school districts to share referendum proceeds with nearby charter schools. Before today’s vote, the funds-sharing provision was removed, and the bill now advances to the full House for further changes and another vote.

But don’t celebrate or mourn just yet — just as quickly as ideas are taken out, they can also be added back in. To keep up with our legislative coverage, find me on Twitter and check out our past stories.

— Shaina Cavazos, reporter


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MONEY: Charter opponents notched a rare victory Monday as Indiana lawmakers moved away from a proposal for charter schools to share in local property tax dollars, but the win could be fleeting. Chalkbeat

STRIKE: Thousands of Denver teachers took to picket lines Monday to tell the school district it needs to pay them more  — and change how they’re paid. But many others stayed in their classrooms, reflecting mixed views among Denver educators. Chalkbeat

HOPE: Howe High School has been failing for years. But with a well-liked principal in his second year, teachers and students say it is turning around. WFYI

TEACHER PAY: Indiana lawmakers rejected a proposal to raise the starting salary for teachers to $40,000. It turns out the proposal would have boosted pay for teachers across the state because just 30 of the 287 districts currently pay that well. IndyStar

GUNS IN SCHOOLS: Lawmakers advanced a controversial bill that would provide firearms training to interested teachers. APFox59, Kokomo Tribune, WIBCWISH

AFTER TRAUMA: Indianapolis Public Schools hosted a social and emotional learning workshop to help teachers address students with traumatic experiences like food insecurity, physical and sexual abuse, and substance abuse. WFYI

NEW IN TOWN: Lewis Ferebee is making the rounds in Washington, D.C., as he auditions for a permanent role as head of the school system. Washington Post