7 things you need to know about Indiana education
SURPRISE: Betsy DeVos’ recent visit to an Indianapolis innovation school was so quiet, not even the school’s district knew she was coming. Read more in Chalkbeat.
SCHOOL DIVERSITY: Indianapolis’ largest school district has created a handful of magnet schools that appeal to middle-class families. But a first-person piece in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine revealed that many of those parents are still nervous about other district schools. Read more in Chalkbeat.
FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE OLYMPICS: This teacher says the qualities that she hopes to pass on her students — perseverance, discipline, hard work, and being a lifelong learner — helped her make it to the Olympics. The Memphis native is an alternate on the U.S. bobsled team. Read more in Chalkbeat.
SCHOOL FUNDING: Indiana’s school funding gap — which lawmakers have been working this year to fix — could be bigger than anyone realized. It’s not yet clear if the current proposed solution will be enough to make sure schools get what they were promised. Read more from IndyStar.
HIGH SCHOOL ‘HEROES’: 26 Indianapolis high school seniors who have overcome incredible odds were honored with scholarships last week. The students include a Perry Meridian student who had to learn to walk again after brain surgery. Read more in the Indy Star.
FORTY UNDER 40: Ahmed Young, who joined Indianapolis Public Schools as chief of staff in 2017, was highlighted as one of city’s notable “overachievers.” Read more in the Indianapolis Business Journal.
— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters