Rise & Shine: Lawmakers move ahead with plans to appoint state superintendent

Good morning,

You might think covering state education policy gets dry or boring —and sometimes, it can be. There are a lot of reports, bills, rubrics, applications, and budgets to wade through.

But there are, more frequently, a lot of humans with all kinds of emotions, and hopes, and struggles. Today’s stories are good examples of that. I have details from yesterday’s Indiana Charter School Board meeting, where the board voted to not renew a school’s charter. The decision stirred up emotions that were palpable in the room as the school's leaders and staff began to process the news that their school would probably close.

And Stephanie has a story about a social worker who can remember a single moment that reinforced why she does her job and the satisfaction that comes with knowing you really can change students’ lives.

Read more below.

— Shaina Cavazos, reporter

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LOSING BID: An Indianapolis charter school missed its chance to get its charter renewed after its authorizer voted it down, citing low enrollment and academic and financial concerns. Chalkbeat

GRATEFUL: Indiana’s 2018 school social worker of the year remembers when a girl she helped as a first-grader showed up years later to say thank you — with an invitation to her high school graduation. Chalkbeat

LAST SHOT: Jennifer McCormick will be Indiana’s last elected schools chief after a bill to move up the governor’s appointment of education secretary passed the Senate. IndyStar

WINDING DOWN: After more than a century, a military academy in northern Indiana will close its doors. South Bend Tribune

EXPANSION: The Indiana Black Expo purchased a building on the city’s east side, where it plans to expand its performing arts academy. IndyStar