Rise & Shine: Rounding up the end of Indiana’s 2019 legislative session

Good morning,

When enrollment numbers are tallied for Indianapolis Public Schools each year, I watch to see how many students are in the district’s innovation schools. And the growth is remarkable: Nearly 8,000 students now attend the schools, up from about 1,400 when the program began.

But next year, the jump might not be so big. The district will only add one new school to the network. Read on for the details.

Plus, the legislative session wrapped up late last night. ICYMI, read up on the new education budget. We also rounded up some clips below on where key education issues ended up, and we’ll have more to come as bills get signed by the governor and go into effect.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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INNOVATION: A nationally watched and controversial strategy that has transformed Indianapolis Public Schools appears to be slowing down. Chalkbeat

CUTS: Indiana lawmakers are sending a warning signal to low-performing virtual charter schools. Chalkbeat

CANCELED: Charter applications for two state takeover high schools, Howe and Manual, were withdrawn this week. WFYI

POLITICAL WOES: Allegations that the Hammond school district misused public resources to advocate for two referendums were referred to the state auditor for investigation. NWI, Post-Tribune

MONEY: Educators, staff, and students rallied in Northwest Indiana to call for increased school funding as the legislature wraps up. Post-Tribune

SAFETY: Indiana lawmakers approved tougher penalties for drivers passing stopped school buses. AP, RTV6, South Bend Tribune, WFYI

STUDENT HEALTH: All references to mental health were stripped from a school safety bill. IndyStar

GUNS IN SCHOOLS: A bill that would have funded specialized teacher firearm training failed to pass because making the training required was seen as a gun control measure. WFYI

MONEY MANAGEMENT: Lawmakers approved legislation for the state to scrutinize how much school districts spend in the classroom and track how much teachers are paid. WFYI

HURDLES: In northern Indiana and across the state, families face barriers to enrolling in pre-K. South Bend Tribune, Chalkbeat (Feb. 8)

WHERE KIDS LEARN: Designs for two new elementary schools in Carmel emphasize grouping classrooms and offering more access to the outdoors. IndyStar

CRIME: Legislation that would have let judges waive attempted-murder suspects as young as 12 to adult court did not make it through. IndyStar, WTHR

EDITORIAL: The state superintendent of schools should be appointed, “in keeping with the ideals and values of the governor and Legislature elected by the constituents they serve.” News-Sentinel