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Rise & Shine: New national campaign against voucher programs could include Indiana

Good morning,

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was back in Indiana yesterday, this time to tour the Indianapolis charter school Purdue Polytechnic High School.

The stop was part of her “Back to School” tour, but the choice of school was a bit surprising considering that her deputy visited Purdue Polytechnic last year. On Tuesday, DeVos said the young school started by Purdue University was at the top of her list.

Read on for our full story about her visit.

Also well worth a read today is Dylan Peers McCoy’s in-depth investigation on hidden dropouts. Her story examines how Indiana schools can write off struggling students as home-schoolers.

— Emma Kate Fittes, reporter


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BACK AGAIN: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returns to Indianapolis for a repeat visit to an innovation school. Chalkbeat

HIDDEN DROPOUTS: How Indiana schools can write off struggling students as home-schoolers. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS: A new national campaign against voucher programs could include Indiana in its research and litigation efforts WFYI

GOVERNOR’S RACE: A local businessman who previously unsuccessfully ran for the Indianapolis Public Schools board announced he will run for governor. IndyStar, IBJ, Tribune Star, WISH, WTHR

SHRINKING SCHOOLS: Both redistricting and closing schools are options on the table for schools in Vigo County as enrollment declines. Tribune Star

GUILTY PLEA: A former bus driver in northwestern Indiana accused of letting children drive has pleaded guilty. NWI, Tribune Star

VAPING: Students in Monroe County can receive a three-day suspension if they are caught with a vaping device. WTHR