Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Brebeuf Jesuit refuses to fire employee for same-sex marriage

Welcome to Friday, all!

School’s out for summer, but students still need to find a way to continue their learning while enjoying vacation.

This week, I spent time shadowing the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis’ Summer Academy, which opened to almost 200 students on Wednesday for a six-week crash course in math, reading, culture, and social skills. It’s one of several summer learning programs in Indianapolis, and this year, it experienced unprecedented growth. Read on to learn why organizers say interest is growing and why families keep coming back.

Also, our partners at IndyStar have the next installment in Moving 4Ward, our collaborative series on early childhood education in Indiana.

Thanks for reading!

— Erica Irish, reporter

Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

THE ACADEMY: The 100 Black Men of Indianapolis’ Summer Academy is facing unprecedented growth as it continues to provide academic and social support to low-income students during the summer months. Chalkbeat

EARLY CHILDHOOD: Indiana policymakers must weigh whether to expand the state’s preschool options based on long-term student success or preparation for kindergarten. Chalkbeat

DIVISIONS OF FAITH: After refusing to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School will sever ties with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. IndyStar, WISH

Meanwhile, a fired Brownsburg music teacher is suing his former district, claiming his right to religious liberty was violated when he didn’t follow the school’s policy for identifying transgender students.  The Indiana Lawyer, WTHR

HIGHER ED: Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Thursday failed for-profit community college ITT Tech will have to pay its former students $5.4 million in debt relief. News-Sentinel

DEADLINE: Applications for the 21st Century Scholars financial aid program are due June 30. Journal & Courier

FISHERS: The Hamilton Southeastern Schools board might not shutter Fishers Elementary School after all. IndyStar

OP-ED: An IPS middle school teacher wants his incoming superintendent to consider — and answer — key questions about parent involvement, teacher support, and racial equity. Medium