Rise & Shine: Some Gary students relocated for remainder of year after pipes burst

Hi everyone,

You should obviously make sure to read our stories today about how senators are proposing to increase per-student aid to schools with high-need students and their slightly surprising plan to cut funding for virtual schools.

But I wanted to make today’s note a bit more personal and share some bittersweet news: Today is my last day at Chalkbeat after almost five years as our state policy reporter.

I never could have imagined how much I’d learn in this job, how many wonderful people I’d meet, or how much impact my reporting might have that (hopefully) has made schools better here in Indiana. I’m incredibly proud of the work our team has done, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have been a part of it.

I owe a lot of that gratitude to you guys — our readers. You’ve sent me tips, asked me questions, offered praise and constructive criticism, and given up so much time to take my calls, give me school tours, come to our events, and inform all the reporting I’ve done here. Thank you.

Fortunately for me, Indianapolis will continue to be my home. I’m taking a job at the mayor’s office of education innovation later this month. Please continue to stay in touch. I might not be live-tweeting state board of education meetings, but I’ll still be just as immersed in Indiana education policy as ever.

Have a great weekend,

— Shaina Cavazos, reporter

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CUTS: Amid mounting scandals surrounding two of the state’s virtual charter schools, state senators are proposing reducing the funding for virtual charter schools dramatically. Chalkbeat

MORE MONEY: The Senate released its budget on Thursday, and the want to up school funding by 4.9 percent through 2021 — slightly higher than the House’s proposed 4.3 percent increase. Chalkbeat

NEW PLAN: After pipes burst at a Gary school, students will finish out the year in the career center building. Post Tribune