Rise & Shine: Gay teachers at center of Catholic school controversy come forward

Good morning,

The Indiana state board of education tackled a common question in a very public way yesterday: How to apportion blame for a failure of accountability.

The board voted unanimously to try to recover about $40 million in public dollars from Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, after the state examiner found the schools allegedly inflated their enrollments. But much of the discussion focused on who is to blame for allowing the schools to enroll ghost students for years.

Read on for the details.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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ACCOUNTABILITY: Facing a $40 million enrollment scandal at two virtual charter schools, Indiana State Board of Education chairman B.J. Watts had a big question at a meeting Wednesday: “How did we miss this?” Chalkbeat, IndyStar

NEW LEADERS: The Mind Trust named three new potential school leaders “innovation” fellows in a bet that Indianapolis Public Schools will continue to pursue the controversial model. Chalkbeat

CATHOLIC CONTROVERSY: The gay teachers at the center of a controversy over efforts to oust them from two Catholic schools have come forward and the two men are married to each other. The teacher who lost his job filed a lawsuit against the archdiocese. IndyStar, WISH

Plus, Cathedral has reached a settlement with the gay teacher it fired for being married. IndyStar, WFYI, RTV6, FOX59, WISH

SIDE HUSTLE: The Carmel school district is offering teachers $18,000 to drive school buses amid a shortage. IndyStar