Rise & Shine: Indiana’s largest teachers union welcomes new leader

Good morning,

We were burning the midnight oil last night to bring you the details from the first public meeting with the three finalists for Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent.

This is my first time covering a superintendent race, and it was a bit of an odd experience — an audience of about 75 people was quite literally sitting in on job interviews. There were no show-stopping moments. But after three hours of questions and answers, we had a tiny window into the differences among candidates.

Read on for more.

Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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ON THE RECORD: Indianapolis Public Schools board members will choose the next superintendent from among three starkly different candidates. Chalkbeat

UNDOCUMENTED: New York City students would be among the nation’s biggest losers if the Trump administration succeeds in adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. Chalkbeat

And in Illinois, early childhood advocates are fretting over a different group that has long been undocumented: babies and toddlers. Chalkbeat

NEW LEADERSHIP: Keith Gambill, six-year vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, will take over as the union’s president this summer. WFYI

GOODBYE: Long-time Fort Wayne Superintendent Wendy Robinson is retiring at the end of next school year. WANE, Journal Gazette

FROM GARY: Former Gary schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt will face trial on Sept. 30 regarding allegations that she used district money for “luxury expenses” at a 2016 conference. Chicago Tribune

MONEY TRAIL: Documents reveal the Walton Family Foundation paid out substantial dollars to place Teach for America candidates in charter schools across nine major cities. ProPublica

EDITORIAL: The Times of Northwest Indiana’s editorial board says “the entire Region should feel insulted” as embarrassing details come to light at a school that named a student with autism “most annoying.” NWI