Rise & Shine: Indiana’s state education department submitted a plan to support foster care students. Is it enough?

Good morning,

It’s become increasingly likely that Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy — two virtual charter schools embroiled in scandal — will close sooner than expected. The news arrives as the schools’ operating agency, Daleville Community Schools, says its board is prepared to take a vote Thursday to speed up the closures. 

Why the change? Daleville officials say it’s a matter of communication: The schools failed to notify families of the original closure agreement, a spokeswoman for Daleville said. The state also cut off the schools’ funding this month amid allegations that officials inflated enrollment numbers. 

Shuttering the schools now won’t come without consequence, as thousands of students could be forced to scramble to retrieve their transcripts and find new schools to attend. Stephanie has the story. 

Have a great day, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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ON THE HORIZON: As turmoil engulfs Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, its oversight agency is moving to shut the schools sooner than planned. Chalkbeat

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Do charters further segregate America’s schools? Yes, a new study says, but most blame lies elsewhere. Chalkbeat

TURNAROUND IN TROUBLE: A few years ago, North Carolina school officials looked at a group of its struggling schools and decided: we need to help. But the results have varied, according to new research. Chalkbeat 

FROM THE PARENTS: One mother said she worries about her Indiana Virtual School student as the school’s fate hangs in the balance. Fox59

The confusion started when several teachers emailed students and families over the weekend that Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy had unexpectedly closed. Chalkbeat 

VIRTUAL LANDSCAPE: More virtual school options are becoming available across Indiana. What does that mean for the face of public education in the state? Washington Times Herald 

‘BULLET POINTS’: The Indiana Department of Education presented a plan to help Indiana’s foster care students graduate to the state board July 10. Officials said the strategy isn’t robust enough to offer support. The 74 

DISCIPLINE STUDY: A federal civil rights commission found that students of color with disabilities are punished more often — and more harshly — than their peers. WTHR, AP 

LEADERSHIP: A senior Perry Meridian High School student built a sensory room at one of the district’s elementary schools to help children with special needs. WTHR

SCHOOL SAFETY: Noblesville Schools plan to introduce three labrador retrievers that can screen for firearms on the district’s campuses. Fox59

LUNCH DEBT: After sending out a letter to notify families that unpaid lunch debts could lead a child to be placed in foster care, this Pennsylvania school board president rejected an offer from a CEO to pay off family lunch debts. WISH, Fox59, WTHRAP