Rise & Shine: Evansville businesses raise $30K to pay off school lunch debts

Welcome back to Monday.

We’re already missing Erica, who finished her summer internship at Chalkbeat Indiana last week. Before she left, she published a few final stories that you’re going to want to read.

Today, Erica introduces us to an Indianapolis Public Schools coordinator who brings her personal story to her work. Charie Gibson makes sure the district’s 1,000 homeless students receive the services they need — with a special kind of compassion and patience that comes from experiencing housing instability herself as a single mom.

“I was a prideful parent. I didn’t want help. I wanted to do it on my own, not realizing I couldn’t,” Gibson said. “But when you come to me, you’re not leaving here until your children have what they need.”

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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STABILITY: Charie Gibson was homeless 17 times. Now she helps more than 1,000 homeless students in Indianapolis. Chalkbeat

OP-EDS: How an Indiana district’s checks and balances could lead to a more successful model for online education. Tribune-Star

Why Indiana’s charter school landscape deserves more than shallow debate. IBJ

BUS TROUBLE: On the first day of school, an Indianapolis mom says IPS officials put her children on the wrong bus. RTV6

PAY IT FORWARD: Evansville businesses raise nearly $30,000 to pay down school lunch debts. Courier & Press

SCHOOL SAFETY: The state revoked the teaching license of an assistant accused of bringing a gun to an Indianapolis charter school. RTV6

A Terre Haute student was arrested last week after bringing an airsoft gun to school. Fox59, Tribune-Star, WISH

An armed Muncie student was arrested last week after police said he made threatening comments at school. Fox59, RTV6, Star-Press, WISH, WTHR

A handgun was found last week in the backpack of an Arsenal Tech student, IPS officials said. Fox59, RTV6, WTHR

LEGAL MATTERS: The Indiana Supreme Court says the family of an IPS student who was murdered after leaving school cannot sue the district. WIBC

A family filed notice that they intend to sue the North West Hendricks County School Corporation, accusing the district of failing to protect their daughter from a teacher and coach who they said abused her. RTV6, WTHR