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7 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. INDIANAPOLIS MODEL: Author David Osborne is a national advocate for “portfolio” districts, with charter-like operators handling daily management of schools. At an event last week, he said that Indianapolis is a model for districts across the country, but local leaders say it will be hard to replicate. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. COMPUTER SCIENCE: Indianapolis employers are looking for tech workers, and Indianapolis Public Schools wants graduates of a new computer science program at George Washington High School to fill that gap. Read more in Chalkbeat. Separately, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is calling for more opportunities for learning about computer science in grades K-12. Read more from the Indy Star and StateImpact.
  3. LAWSUIT: Last year, Indianapolis Public Schools’ delay in reporting sexual abuse allegations ended with the counselor in question losing her job and receiving nine felony charges. Now, a student involved in the situation is suing the district for negligence and discrimination. Read more from the Indy Star and RTV6.
  4. BARGAINING: Teachers in Muncie are nearing the end of contract negotiations, and because of the district’s financial woes, the state-appointed managers are at the other side of the bargaining table. Read more from the Star Press.
  5. BIG JUMP: A Hamilton county middle school made dramatic improvement this year on its state letter grade — going from an F to an A. Read more from the Indy Star.
  6. FINANCIAL TROUBLE: Even under a state-appointed fiscal manager, Gary Public Schools had major money troubles, a new audit reveals. Read more from the Post-Tribune.
  7. CHARTER SCHOOLS: Could a proposal to close district schools in South Bend attract the city’s first charter school? Read more from the South Bend Tribune.

Plus, Rise & Shine will be on hiatus the rest of the week while our team celebrates Thanksgiving. We’ll be back next week!

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters