Rise & Shine: Lake Central and Munster end special education cooperative

$40 million.

That’s how much the Indiana board of education could seek to recover from Indiana Virtual School and its sister school after a state examiner’s investigation found that the schools allegedly inflated their enrollment to at least twice its actual size.

The shocking revelation comes after more than two years of reporting from Chalkbeat about the troubled schools, beginning with an investigation into Indiana Virtual School by Shaina Cavazos that revealed dismal academic results and a web of deals that funneled money to the school’s founder.

Read on for the latest news.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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MONEY BACK: Indiana could seek $40 million from Indiana Virtual School and its sister school after a probe found inflated enrollment — even counting a student who had died. Chalkbeat

This student moved away but apparently stayed on Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy’s rolls. Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY: The governor’s teacher pay commission announced Monday a series of public meetings next month to solicit ideas for how to raise teacher salaries in Indiana. Chalkbeat

PARTNERSHIP: Lake Central and Munster are ending their special education cooperative after more than 40 years. NWI