Rise & Shine: Daleville speeds up process to close two embattled Indiana virtual schools

Welcome to Friday!

At the National Urban League’s conference yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch five Democratic presidential candidates share what they saw as the leading issues contributing to racial and economic inequities. 

Though education didn’t dominate the conversation, several clear themes emerged among the candidates: all students should have an opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten; school funding needs more analysis; and officials must take a closer look at school infrastructure. Read on for other takeaways in my story below. I’ll also have highlights from the second candidates forum later today. 

In other news, the debate around whether two Indiana virtual schools should remain open is intensifying. The Indianapolis Public Schools board also officially approved Aleesia Johnson as superintendent, with one member concluding “she will not accept the status quo.” Stephanie and Dylan have the stories. 

Have a great weekend, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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CHARTER REVOCATION: Two Indiana virtual schools face swift closure as they shrug off blame for enrollment scandal. Chalkbeat

CONFIRMED: The Indianapolis Public Schools board unanimously voted to approve Aleesia Johnson as superintendent of the state’s largest school district Thursday. Chalkbeat

DECISION 2020: Five Democratic presidential candidates pointed to education as a tool for accelerating economic growth in urban communities and fighting voter suppression during a forum Thursday. Chalkbeat

The candidates discussed a range of topics about how to improve communities most affected by the National Urban League’s initiatives. IndyStar, Indianapolis Recorder, IBJ

DIVIDING LINES: 45 years later, this case is still shaping school segregation in Detroit — and in America. Chalkbeat 

And a recent report by EdBuild identified close to 12 school district boundaries in Indiana that contribute to  “separate and unequal” school communities. WFYI   

ACCOUNTABILITY: A state legislative committee met Thursday to consider how Indiana’s school accountability A-F grading system could be changed to accommodate graduation pathways. WFYI 

EARLY CHILDHOOD: The state’s pre-kindergarten program is now accepting applications from all 92 counties. Tribune-Star, NWI 

TEACHER PAY: Teachers in Muncie Community Schools will see their first raise in almost a decade this year. WISH 

NEW CHARTER: Purdue Polytechnic High School will soon open its second location in Broad Ripple. RTV6

BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Here’s what experts say parents and students should do to alleviate back-to-school stress and anxiety. WTHR