Rise & Shine: New Indianapolis residency program aims to improve teacher diversity

Welcome back from the weekend, folks.

What happens to a student who stops attending an online school?

That’s the big question on my mind as we’ve been writing about the data that show thousands of students at Indiana virtual charter schools flunk or disappear from their classes — if they even show up at all.

What’s going on in students’ lives that leads them to seek an online alternative, and then stop logging on? What do they do after that gap in their education?

Those questions feel all the more urgent with our story today on new numbers that show virtual charter schools are kicking out hundreds of inactive students, under a state policy meant to help them better connect with students. Read on.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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KICKED OUT: Virtual charter schools have expelled hundreds of inactive students using a state policy meant to keep students engaged. Chalkbeat

SAFETY: The 13-year-old Noblesville school shooter was the youngest suspect in 27 active shooter incidents of 2018, according to the FBI. AP, IndyStar, WTHR

PIPELINE: A new teacher residency program in Indianapolis aims to support teacher diversity. WFYI

OPINIONS: Superintendents say Marion County township districts are “constantly reforming.” IBJ

Education leaders raise concerns over holding schools accountable for post-graduation outcomes. IBJ, IndyStar

Editorial: State lawmakers “have a long way to go” to improve teacher pay. Tribune-Star

SUPERCHARGE: A new solar farm near Ben Davis High School is both a teaching moment and a cost-savings opportunity for Wayne Township schools. Fox59

OPTIONS: The Gary school district plans to shuffle school options next year in the hopes of attracting more students and saving money. Post-Tribune