Rise & Shine: School safety measures up for debate in special legislative session

One of the debates I remember from my first few state board of education meetings as a new reporter in Indiana was about teacher licensure — yeah, that’s right, I got to jump right into a big, messy debate about licensure regulations. It was confusing, at best.

Four years later, that debate is still happening, though it’s evolved as teacher shortage news has had a resurgence across the country (and fortunately, I now have a much better handle on the subject). After one such version of that debate during this year’s legislative session, I wanted to dig into the data — who’s using these alternative licenses? And how many options are out there for prospective teachers? Those are the questions I tried to answer in my story below.

— Shaina Cavazos, reporter

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TEACHER LICENSING: Indiana has been tweaking its teacher licensure policies for years to widen hiring pools, but the data shows that so far, relatively few are taking advantage of new licensing opportunities. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY: Is a fire or a shooter a bigger threat to students? A school safety bill going before lawmakers on Monday during the special session attempts to give schools more flexibility to make decisions in disastrous situations, but some have concerns. Indy Star

TAX TROUBLES: A Monroe County superintendent’s mistake means taxpayers are seeing bills go up. RTV6