Rise & Shine: Some Indiana teachers get ‘panic buttons’

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Like their peers in several urban districts, top performing Chicago students often strive for spots in the city’s elite, selective high schools. Now, Chicago is looking to shakeup the pattern by drawing more students to neighborhood high schools with the International Baccalaureate curriculum — a program designed for British diplomats.

It’s a model that might be familiar to Indianapolis residents. Indianapolis Public Schools uses International Baccalaureate at the Center for Inquiry schools and Shortridge High School. And four years ago, Washington Township became one of the first districts to offer the program to all students. Dip into our archives for a look at the first year of that effort.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Chicago Public Schools is trying to attract students to neighborhood schools with the International Baccalaureate program, which is now in 59 schools. Chalkbeat

PANIC BUTTON: School districts in Hancock County are equipping teachers with a new safety tool — an app with a panic button that notifies other staff members and first responders. RTV6

ANTI-SEMITISM:  Following an incident when swastikas were drawn in a boy’s bathroom at Pike High School, the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council led a discussion on the rise of anti-Semitic acts in schools. WFYI

FINE PRINT: When school districts ask voters for more money, the ballot language always look pretty similar. Learn more about why. Indy Star