Rise & Shine: West Lafayette schools sue to stop $1 law

Good morning,

It used to be that when I heard the word “grit” I thought of sand embedded in a shoe. Then one day, “grit” become an essential quality every person needed for success.

One of the people who helped turn grit into a buzzword was journalist Paul Tough, with a book that explored the research into the importance of non-academic skills like perseverance and curiosity.

Now, Tough is out with a new book that takes aim at the inequities in higher education, and could shakeup one of the most influential organizations in college admissions: The College Board.

Read on for the details and a Q & A with Tough.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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COLLEGE ACCESS: ‘The system really is unfair’: Paul Tough talks test prep, college admissions, and his new book. Chalkbeat

The College Board says it’s tried to reduce inequity in college admissions. A new book argues it hasn’t. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL FIGHTS: The school district in West Lafayette is preemptively suing the state to prevent any charter school from buying a vacant elementary building for $1. Journal & Courier

MISSING LUNCH: After hiring a new food vendor that will begin later this fall, campuses in South Bend schools have repeatedly run out of food during lunch. South Bend Tribune

STUDENT SAFETY: A family who is suing Warren Township schools after a teacher and coach allegedly had a sexual relationship with a student. WTHR

LEADERSHIP: The superintendent of Southwest Allen County schools, Philip Downs, was named Indiana Superintendent of the Year. News-Sentinel