Rise & Shine: Charter leaders feel the political heat

Good morning,

It would take a crystal ball to tell the future of charter schools in Indianapolis. In recent years, the school district, city, and state officials have united in support of charter schools and similar independence for district schools, known as innovation schools. The model has created an education ecosystem that has drawn national attention.

But there is persistent resistance from critics who argue the district is neglecting traditional public schools, and they gained some power on the school board in the most recent election.

My colleague Matt Barnum reports that charter school advocates across the country are in a similar position, as they face growing resistance, especially on the left. Read on for the details.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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