Rise & Shine: Muncie could face even bigger money problems as students leave

MAGNET MAGNET: The Butler lab school at School 60 is one of the most sought-after schools in Indianapolis Public Schools, with 266 students put on the waitlist last year. Now, the district is looking to replicate the program. But the proposed second campus would be in a north side community where nearly every school has been converted to a magnet. Read more in Chalkbeat and the IndyStar.

END OF AN ERA: Indiana is shifting education policy away from the rules set by No Child Left Behind, as it adapts to the Every Student Succeeds Act. The ESSA plan will have big implications for graduation rates and how schools are graded by the state, but the law won’t really change one of the most perennial issues in Hoosier education — testing. Read more in Chalkbeat’s round up.

CLOSING THE DOORS: New research shows that when schools with low test scores are closed, it does not help most students. Moreover, schools with more students of color were more likely to be shut down. Read more in Chalkbeat and Education Week.

“STAND UP”: Critics of Indianapolis Public Schools’ plans to shutter four district high schools urged Northwest High School parents to speak out against the closing, at a meeting on Wednesday night.

MONEY TROUBLE: Muncie schools have such severe budget problems the state intervened this year. Now, it looks like problems could get worse as enrollment declines in the district. Read more from the StarPress and WISH.

RECESS: Elementary school students in Carmel get just 15 minutes of recess per day. But in the face of mounting research that it helps learning, the district is allowing teachers to add more unstructured play to the day. Read more in the IndyStar.

GIRLS & STEM: Advocates are working to get more women and girls interested in science and technology — starting with elementary and middle school students. Read more in the IndyStar.

HIGH SCHOOL CLOSING: Do you have a story to tell about your high school? Share your stories from Arlington, Broad Ripple, Northwest and John Marshall with Chalkbeat.

Coming up…

Three Hoosier superintendents of public instruction, including Jennifer McCormick, will come together for a panel on the future of education. The discussion is free and open to the public, but if you can’t make it, follow @dylanpmccoy on Twitter for updates and look for our story.