Rise & Shine: IPS creates new gender-specific mentoring groups for students

Hi everyone,

We’re rounding out this week with another story about school funding — this time, including comments and concerns from educators and parents who traversed the state to testify to lawmakers. For the most part, they are opposed to proposed cuts that would (as we chronicled yesterday) reduce dollars sent to districts to educate high-needs students.

Several focused on how the current budget draft would exacerbate inequities between students in suburban districts and those in urban and rural ones — potentially taking away resources from the very districts, schools and students who need them most.

Read more below, and have a great weekend.

— Shaina Cavazos, reporter

P.S. There's still time to RSVP for tonight's teacher storytelling event!

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SPEAKING OUT: Most of the more than 50 people who testified before the state Senate’s school funding subcommittee criticized a House Republican proposal to cut $105 million for high-needs students in the state’s next budget. Chalkbeat

LEADERSHIP: It was announced that Indianapolis Public Schools interim Superintendent Aleesia Johnson is set to join a national organization for district leaders. Chalkbeat

EXTRA SUPPORT: IPS has started two new gender-specific mentoring and coaching initiatives for students. Indianapolis Recorder

OP-ED: State schools chief Jennifer McCormick says Indiana’s plan for measuring test score gaps between students of different races includes expectation “benchmarks” not “ceilings.” The Star Press

OFF THE CHOPPING BLOCK: The site of a centuries-old tree in Washington Township will be spared a fate as a parking lot. The tree, too, will be saved. IndyStar

LEGACY: Birch Bayh, an influential U.S. senator from Indiana who helped the nation make great strides in educational equity for college women, died Thursday. IndyStar