Rise & Shine: Teresa Meredith heads back to the classroom

Good morning,

The Indianapolis KIPP charter schools are one small piece of the city’s extensive school choice landscape. But the schools are part of a national network that educates more than 100,000 students in 242 schools. And thanks to an infusion of federal money, the network will only continue to grow.

That’s why I was interested to read about changes at the network, including in the approach to discipline and in how they lean on the growing cohort of alumni.

Read on for the details from our national reporter Kalyn Belsha.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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GROWING UP: Twenty-five years in, the KIPP charter network is planning further expansion and trying to turn its alumni into a political force. Chalkbeat

MONEY MONEY: States with more poor students tend to spend less, creating hard-to-fix disparities. Chalkbeat

NEXT STAGE: Former President of the Indiana State Teachers Association Teresa Meredith is heading back to the classroom. Shelbyville News

LOCAL VIRTUAL: The Vigo County schools is starting its own virtual program to try and win back some of the 367 students who live in the district and attend other online schools. Tribune Star

Some families have high hopes for the program. Tribune Star

OPENING UP: Purdue Polytechnic High School held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the second campus, which is in the Broad Ripple neighborhood. WISH, WFYI