Rise & Shine: How data can push families to integrate schools

Welcome to Wednesday, 

When parents choose a school for their child, they’re often bombarded with information: Test scores, student demographics, and other factors — including unreliable sources like rumors — that all contribute to a school’s reputation. 

But researchers have found that these measures of “success” can contribute to segregation, leading white families to avoid schools with majority-black student populations and low test scores. 

New findings, however, might have uncovered a way to bring families together across racial divides. It comes down to what schools offer parents about growth data, the findings suggest — a measure of how students grow academically over time. Chalkbeat’s national desk has more below. 

Thanks for reading, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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COMING TOGETHER: New research suggests that providing parents with a different menu of information could nudge them to choose schools or districts they otherwise might not — potentially helping to create more integrated schools. Chalkbeat 

ICYMI: Indiana could seek $40 million from Indiana Virtual School and its sister school after a probe found inflated enrollment — even counting a student who had died. Chalkbeat 

PUBLIC FORUM: The governor’s teacher pay commission will host a series of public meetings next month to solicit ideas for how to raise teacher salaries in Indiana. Chalkbeat 

LOOKING AHEAD: Local commentator Marshawn Wolley questions the future of K-12 education in Marion County. Indianapolis Recorder 

FINDING ANSWERS: These Gary teens started a podcast as a hobby. Now, they’re raising questions about a company’s plans to build a waste management facility next to their school. NPR

ENGLISH LEARNING: With data showing particularly low rates of kindergarten readiness among Illinois’ English language learners, some advocates are zeroing in on a particular problem. Chalkbeat