Rise & Shine: Schools are using puppets to teach children about disabilities

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The group of teachers challenging the Indianapolis Public Schools teachers union are facing a setback. The upstart organization withdrew a petition because of a technical error with the application. But the saga continues: The group is still aiming to replace the union and it will file again when the state window reopens, a leader said.

Whether it is the beginning of the end for the new challenger or simply a delay, the decision to withdraw the initial petition hints at how difficult it would be for it to defeat the established union.

Read on for the details.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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