Rise & Shine: Northwest Indiana union attorney says teachers’ request for raises was denied because of district debt

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Last night, the Indianapolis Public Schools board met in private to begin discussing what happens next with Superintendent Lewis Ferebee’s impending departure for D.C. The board will have a public meeting Friday afternoon to discuss short-term leadership. Check out our story below for more details on the upcoming search for his permanent successor.

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TRANSITION: The Indianapolis Public Schools board is set to discuss Friday afternoon who will temporarily lead the district as they search for a successor for Superintendent Lewis Ferebee, who is leaving to lead Washington, D.C.’s public school system. Chalkbeat

ON STRIKE: In the nation’s first charter union strike, teachers in Chicago’s second-largest charter network are holding out for better pay for support staff such as special education aides and office coordinators. Chalkbeat

MONEY MATTERS: Griffith Public Schools enter teacher contract mediation after union attorney says the district denied a raise request because of overspending. NWI

WORKFORCE: Indiana received a grant to expand a coding program to incarcerated kids at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. IndyStar

REACH FOR THE STARS: A South Bend teacher wins a contest to renovate the school’s 46-year-old planetarium, which she says is one of just 400 left in the country. South Bend Tribune

SCHOOL SAFETY: Carmel joins other school districts in using an app for students to anonymously message school administrators and school resource police officers about issues such as violence, misbehavior, mental health needs, or bullying. Fox59, WFYI