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Rise & Shine: Failing charters schools convert to voucher-funded private schools

REAPPLY: More than 300 high school teachers across Indianapolis Public Schools will be required to reapply for their jobs as part of a plan to close three high schools and add new magnet academies to the remaining schools. Read more in Chalkbeat, WFYI, RTV6, FOX59 and WISH.

TWO GRADES?: Indiana schools could see not just one, but two A-F grade calculations for 2018 — one state, one federal. While only the state one is “official” as far as Indiana is concerned, both still count. Read more from Chalkbeat. The IndyStar also reported that Indiana’s congressional delegation is asking the federal government to delay new rules that will push down graduation rates (and school grades) across the state.

ONE DIPLOMA: As state officials consider what changes to make to Indiana graduation requirements and how to create new “pathways,” educators have their own suggestion, and it’s loud and clear: “Indiana needs just one diploma.” Read more from Chalkbeat.

SECOND CHANCE: Charter schools in danger of losing their authorization to operate have a new backup plan: Converting to voucher-funded private schools. ProPublica reported that nationally, at least 16 struggling charter schools, including one in Indianapolis, have converted to private schools that rely on public dollars.

SURVEY SAYS: A survey from EdChoice, which advocates for school choice, found that six years after Indiana’s voucher program began, one third of parents still don’t know it exists. Read more in the IndyStar.

BROAD RIPPLE: Following a school board vote to close Broad Ripple High School, neighborhood residents went to see another education related use for the campus. One idea is to use the campus for one or more charter schools. Read more in WFYI and RTV6

ACADEMIES: Curious what Indianapolis Public Schools high school academies might look like? WISH took a look at the health science program in Crispus Attucks.

FOR SALE: The cash-strapped Muncie school district is offering to sell schools and other district property, according to the Star Press.