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Rise & Shine: Richard Lugar’s legacy on education in Indianapolis

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Folks around Indiana were remembering longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar after his death Sunday. While he is well known for his deep legacy in foreign policy, Lugar also left his mark on Indianapolis’ education system — as one of the pioneers behind Unigov, a move that united the city and county some 50 years ago but preserved the divides between schools.

Courts would later deem the separation of schools to be discriminatory, and it was the root of continued school segregation in Indianapolis. Lugar talked to Chalkbeat a few years ago to explain why the Unigov merger was imperfect and left out schools. Re-read our story on the effects of Unigov on Indianapolis schools below.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief


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