8 things you need to know about Indiana education
- AN INTRODUCTION: We promised you’d get to meet Chalkbeat’s new Indiana bureau chief, Stephanie Wang. She reflects on how public education in Indiana has changed in recent years, and the challenges that students, teachers, and schools still face. Read more in Chalkbeat.
- REFERENDUM: As Indianapolis Public Schools considers reducing the size of its nearly $1 billion referendum, officials say the district could be forced to make big cuts without a massive influx of cash from taxpayers. Read more in Chalkbeat.
- VOUCHERS: Fort Wayne readers debate the value of school vouchers and what school choice really means — through letters to the editor. Read the initial column by a public education advocate, a letter from a voucher recipient, and a letter from a retired teacher.
- QUESTIONS IN MUNCIE: Who’s to blame for what went wrong financially with Muncie schools? Read more in the Star-Press. And should Muncie schools be allowed to skirt public education rules, such as teachers’ collective bargaining rights, teacher licensing, and school transportation? What should Muncie schools look like under Ball State University’s control? Read even more in the Star-Press.
- SCHOOL CLOSURE: Gary’s emergency manager, Peggy Hinckley, presented her plan to close an under-capacity high school to save money. Read more in NWI and the Post-Tribune.
- OPINIONS: A community member writes in support of Ball State University taking over Muncie schools in the Star-Press. But Sen. Karen Tallian, a Democrat from Portage, writes in the Post-Tribune that she’s “shocked” by the way the state is proceeding with takeover proposals in Gary and Muncie.
- SCHOOL LUNCHES: In Northwest Indiana, a family gives a gift to wipe away debts that elementary- and middle-school families owed for school lunches. Read more in NWI.
- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: It’s a popular buzzword and a pressing issue for the state. But what do workforce development efforts actually look like? Read more in IndyStar, the Journal-Gazette, and IBJ.
— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief