Rise & Shine: Roncalli High School grad calls Catholic LGBTQ students to action

Good morning, 

The end of summer can be an exciting — and daunting — time for students and their families. My sister, a junior in high school, went back last Wednesday and is now in the throes of advanced classes and, for the first year, cybersecurity training.  

But as most students around Indiana are returning to school, some districts are rushing to fill the seats responsible for giving young people like my sister critical opportunities: teachers. The Daily Journal explored this reality at schools across Johnson County — many of which will soon resume classes and have an immediate need for new hires. 

And as our partners in Chicago show us in their story about efforts to keep talented teachers in high-poverty schools, recruitment and retention also remain a central concern for educators around the nation. Read on to see what district administrators are doing to curb teacher turnover. 

Have a great day, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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KEEPING EDUCATORS: Teacher turnover hits high-poverty schools particularly hard. Here’s how Chicago plans to keep more educators. Chalkbeat 

FOLLOW THE MONEY: A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools found that of the 44 U.S. states that allow charter schools, only 14 have no measures to help charter schools buy or rent buildings. Chalkbeat 

TEACHER VACANCIES: Some Johnson County schools are struggling to fill teaching positions as the school year begins across the region. Daily Journal 

LISTENING TOUR: State superintendent Jennifer McCormick and Indiana Sen. Eddie Melton stopped in Hammond as part of their statewide listening tour. NWI 

Here’s what the pair had to say when they visited Indianapolis. Chalkbeat (July 11)

SPEAKING UP: A graduate of Roncalli High School is urging students who identify as LGBTQ to stand up for themselves and their peers in Catholic schools. WTHR

EARLY EDUCATION: The Center for Possibilities preschool in Hobart emphasizes learning for students of all abilities through sensory camps. NWI

SCHOOL OPENINGS: Two new Washington Township schools will emphasize technology use and include “activity commons” outside the classroom. Fox59, WTHR