Rise & Shine: How one Delaware high school is encouraging harder conversations around race

Welcome to Friday!

For the last month, I’ve spent many hours exploring an ongoing effort to provide teachers affordable housing. It’s the first attempt at a project of this kind in Indianapolis, designed to offer 22 affordable homes in a division called the “Educators’ Village” to teachers and other eligible buyers.

Located in a neighborhood once notorious for its blight, poverty, and crime — both across the city and from the perspective of my own mother, who grew up in the area — the village has helped the surrounding St. Clair Place neighborhood enter a period of reformation and growth, thanks to the influence of Near East Area Renewal, the local non-profit tasked with managing it.

But my reporting left me with a question: Why, almost two years into the project, have only seven teachers chosen to buy homes there? The answer, I found, comes down to a larger battle being waged around recruitment and retention in Indianapolis’ urban schools, which stakeholders say will take more than one project – and more than one type of project — to be won.

Read on.

— Erica Irish, reporter

Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

EDUCATORS’ VILLAGE: To recruit teachers, Indianapolis built an Educators’ Village. But was it enough of an incentive? Chalkbeat

INTERVENTION: Teachers have a lot at stake in what happens in their classrooms, but does that give them legal standing to challenge outside intervention in low-performing schools and districts? Chalkbeat

INNOVATION: The Mind Trust recently recruited Kimberly Neal, a former principal for two prominent charter school networks, to help shape education in Indianapolis. Here’s how her background will contribute to her new role. Hechinger Report 

UNDERSTANDING RACE: How one Delaware high school is working to drive stronger connections between white teachers and their students of color.  Hechinger Report

SCOUTS: The Boy Scouts of America is working with Indianapolis schools and organizations to attract more black youth. Indianapolis Recorder

BULLYING: A new report found that half of all Indiana schools reported zero instances of bullying last academic year. RTV6

But new data from the National Center for Education Statistics may indicate that cyberbullying is becoming more common. Indy K12

FUNDRAISING: The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce raised more than $75,000 to fund scholarships and other resources for students in East Chicago and Hammond. NWI

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School libraries can serve as a “lifeline out of a bad situation” for kids with trauma or facing persecution — but they need librarians to work. NWI 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: A new law designed to protect children riding the bus is taking effect as families prepare to head back to the classroom. The Statehouse File 

TORNADO SHELTERS: One state lawmaker wants the Indiana legislature to take a harder look at how well schools are providing shelter spaces to defend students against natural disasters. RTV6