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Tonight, Chalkbeat Indiana reporter Dylan McCoy is moderating a discussion about Indianapolis Public Schools’ School 43. The neighborhood school has been rocked by a steady turnover of principals, leaving teachers and families feeling frustrated. Community members have been calling for a greater investment in the school.

As part of its monthly meeting, the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association is bringing in IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson, board member Evan Hawkins, and new School 43 Principal Lauren Johnson to share their ideas for the school. The audience will have a chance to write in questions. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 40 W. 40th Street.

Catch up on what’s been going on at School 43 with some of our stories rounded up below. Hope to see you there tonight.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief

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SCHOOL 43: Frustrations over principal turnover flare up at IPS School 43. Chalkbeat (Feb. 21)

More staff head to School 43, after frustration over instability surges. Chalkbeat (March 8)

With School 43 ‘about to implode,’ IPS promises extra support. Chalkbeat (2016)

Weeks after crisis, School 43 faces a rocky climb. Chalkbeat (2016)

Incoming principal at troubled school invokes neighborhood roots, promises ‘new day.’ Chalkbeat (2016)

IPS reverses course on School 43 plan that ‘blindsided’ community leaders. Chalkbeat (2016)

MONEY: A look at how much textbook fees can cost Indiana families. IndyStar

OPINIONS: An Indianapolis educator weighs in on whether test scores should count toward teacher evaluations. Indy K12

The Shortridge incident highlights Indianapolis’ longstanding divide in police-community relations, the city-county council president says. IndyStar

Indiana teachers union president says lawmakers are protecting themselves, not students and teachers, with the call for a “hold harmless” on test scores. IndyStar

Indiana could use the ILEARN controversy to forge a fresh start on standardized tests, a columnist says. Statehouse File

CONTROVERSY: Some parents were shocked by an Indiana social studies teacher’s role-playing lesson on slavery. WISH

ROLE MODEL: How Providence Cristo Rey’s vice principal mentors students while he cuts their hair for free. RTV6

SUPPORTS: Students at one Indiana high school formed a club to help each other with mental health needs. News and Tribune

SAFETY: Some districts saw big changes in this year’s round of school safety grants. Journal Gazette

LEADERSHIP CHANGE: The longtime president of Roncalli High School will retire at the end of the year, a decision that comes after the controversy over the Catholic school’s firing of two gay counselors. Fox59, IndyStar, RTV6, WTHR

NEW SHINE: Manual alumni raised money to renovate the school’s run-down football field. IndyStar