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Yesterday, I tagged along with a federal official on the “Rethink School” tour as he visited Purdue Polytechnic High School.

It was an interesting chance to get some perspective on the kind of schools Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ administration thinks others should emulate.

But, honestly, visiting Purdue Polytechnic on a scheduled tour was not nearly as fun as visiting on my own. Last year, I spent two days at the school — one near the start of the year and one near the end — to see its unusual model in action.

For a closer look at the high school and how students are grappling with a new approach that requires them to take on more responsibility, you should check out my previous reporting.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

P.S. Tonight is our teacher story slam, hosted in partnership with Teachers Lounge Indy. It’s not too late to get tickets!


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THE FEDS: An official in Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s administration stopped by Purdue Polytechnic High School Wednesday as part of the Department of Education’s “Rethink School” tour, which aims to highlight innovative approaches. Chalkbeat, WFYI

ACCIDENT: Rep. Tim Brown, chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee that drives school funding negotiations, was in a serious motorcycle accident Wednesday morning. IndyStar, IBJ

ACCOLADE: Jeff Butts, the superintendent of Wayne township schools, was named Indiana’s Superintendent of the Year for 2019. RTV6

SCHOOL LIBRARY: Modern school libraries are about more than books. They are hubs for navigating complex challenges such as programming robots. IndyStar