Rise & Shine: Teacher leaves motivational messages on students’ desks before ISTEP

9 things you need to know about Indiana education

  1. VIRTUAL SCHOOLS: In one year, a tiny rural Indiana school district more than tripled its enrollment, thanks to its virtual education program. But despite fully funding it, the state has no way to know how well it’s doing. Read more from Chalkbeat.
  2. DO-OVER: Just two months before its requests were expected to appear on the ballot, Indianapolis Public Schools postponed a bid for more money from taxpayers. What went wrong? Read more in Chalkbeat.
  3. MONEY: A foundation known for funding charter schools gave $1.7 million to IPS to support a plan to give principals more freedom. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  4. ILEARN: Indiana’s new test is projected to be much shorter than ISTEP. Read more from Chalkbeat.
  5. NEW CAMPUS: A deal is in the works for Purdue Polytechnic and Paramount schools to open campuses in a long-vacant building on East Washington Street. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  6. UNLICENSED: A bill would let districts hire up to 10 percent unlicensed teachers over three years, similar to the state’s hiring policy for charter schools. So far, the measure has seen support from both the House and Senate as we head into the final week of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2018 session. Read more from the IndyStar and Chalkbeat.
  7. TESTING: In the midst of high-stakes tests, a teacher leaves reassuring messages for her students. Read more from Fox 59.
  8. VOUCHERS: Even with years of low grades from the state, a private school in Gary won approval from Indiana education officials to continue accepting new voucher students. Read more from NWI and the Post Tribune.
  9. TAKEOVER: Recently, Indiana’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board approved a $350,000 contract for Muncie schools’ emergency manager. Read more from the Star Press.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters