Rise & Shine: Lawmakers propose expanding Indiana’s preschool program

Good morning,

When I talk to people about why I love covering education, I usually focus on combining my interest in policy with the joy of getting to visit kindergarten classrooms. But in fact, I think I was fated to be a journalist for a far odder reason: For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to long public meetings.

Last night, I stopped by a community forum to see some of the new leaders in Indianapolis Public Schools talk about the school system. At a time when the district is in transition, it was an interesting window into the views of newly elected board members and interim Superintendent Aleesia Johnson.

Read on for the details.

— Dylan Peers McCoy, reporter

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NEWBIES: The new faces of Indianapolis Public Schools were on display in a near northside church Thursday evening, including the interim superintendent and two new board members. Chalkbeat

IT’S GROWING: Lawmakers are proposing a bill that would extend the state’s preschool program to every county. WFYI

SPEAK OUT: Indiana’s schools chief urged educators in Northwest Indiana to contact lawmakers and speak out of issues they care about, such as school funding. NWI Times