Rise & Shine: Advocates say charter schools are in a “battle for survival”

Good morning, 

Last month, former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson didn’t mince words when talking about new challenges to charter schools: There’s a “concerted effort nationwide,” he said, to paint charter schools as “bad for public education” and “bad for kids.” 

And the Indianapolis charter pioneer isn’t alone. On Monday, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President Nina Rees echoed Peterson’s concern, urging charter school leaders at a Las Vegas conference to “start fighting back” against opposition. Read on for more. 

Plus, we now know how much the next IPS superintendent will be paid — and it’s on par with her predecessor’s salary. Dylan has the story below. 

You also won’t want to miss the first piece in our special summer Q&A series on retiring teachers. Every week in July, we’ll feature a veteran educator who’s navigating the transition out of the classroom. 

With that, we’re signing off for the rest of the week to celebrate Independence Day. Look out for a new Rise & Shine next Monday. 

We hope you enjoy the holiday! 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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CHARTER SCHOOLS: The charter school movement is currently in a “battle for survival,” National Alliance for Public Charter Schools president Nina Rees told an audience of supporters on Monday. Chalkbeat

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BLOWBACK: State superintendent Jennifer McCormick, a Republican, is sparring with state GOP chairman Kyle Hupfer after he criticized her decision to tour with a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. IndyStar

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