Rise & Shine: Schools could need parental consent for sex ed

We're excited this week to welcome Stephanie Wang as the new bureau chief for Chalkbeat Indiana. She joins us from the Indianapolis Star, where she covered education, politics, and diversity issues. She will be leading our team here, in addition to contributing to our reporting on early childhood education and charter schools. More from her later, but feel free to drop Stephanie a line at swang@chalkbeat.org.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters

6 things you need to know about Indiana education

  1. TEACHER LICENSING: A last-minute proposal introduced Wednesday would allow public school districts to bypass certain standards and hire unlicensed teachers for up to 10 percent of their positions. The bill would also allow districts to hire up to 10 percent of teachers who have not passed content area exams. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. A NEW DIPLOMA: Indiana lawmakers are considering creating a new diploma for students with severe disabilities. The move comes at the same time that Indiana is revamping graduation requirements and diplomas for all students. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  3. GROWING: Innovation schools, which are managed by outside partners, are helping Indianapolis Public Schools grow its enrollment. At a school for the arts, school leaders say becoming an innovation school pushed them to recruit students. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  4. AT WHAT COST: Do schools lose ground when top teachers leave for turnaround schools? A little, but it’s worth it, say Tennessee researchers behind a new study released yesterday. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  5. SEX ED: Under a bill that passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday, students would be required to get written parental permission before they could learn about human sexuality, including “sexual activity, sexual orientation or gender identity.” Read more in the IndyStar, the Statehouse File, and Fox 59.
  6. DISTRICT TAKEOVER: The Indiana House voted Thursday to reclassify the Gary school board as an advisory committee and limit the board to four public meetings a year. The bill also allows Ball State University to take control of Muncie Schools. It now heads to the Senate. Read more in NWI.