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Happy Friday! 

In the last few weeks, we’ve brought you several stories about how Indianapolis’ charter schools are entering a period of transformation. 

But there’s one element we’d be remiss to leave out: Parent organizers. And Indianapolis mother Ashley Virden, who just received a two-year fellowship with pro-charter nonprofit The Mind Trust, wants to make sure decisionmakers are listening and reacting to parent voices. 

Her biggest goal? She wants to disrupt the top-down approach to bringing quality schools to disadvantaged communities. Stephanie has the story below. 

In other news, the 2020 presidential race is off to a running start after 20 Democratic candidates spent the last two nights arguing in televised debates. Chalkbeat's national reporters give us a look at what the candidates had to say about education. 

Have a great weekend, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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

PARENT POWER: How a parent organizer will try to upend Indianapolis’ top-down charter movement in her two-year fellowship with The Mind Trust. Chalkbeat

PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Did you catch the two Democratic presidential debates this week? On Wednesday, 10 candidates interrupted each other, spoke Spanish, and, for a few moments, talked about education. Chalkbeat 

The remaining candidates — a group that included former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — took to the stage Thursday. Chalkbeat

THE EDUCATION OF XQ: One of the most ambitious and best-funded school reform initiatives to launch in recent years has struggled to translate its spending and unconventional strategy into widespread attention to its cause. Chalkbeat

RUN, HIDE, FIGHT: A research team at Purdue University is studying the effectiveness of a widely used school safety drill using a virtual simulation of the Columbine shooting. WTHR

IT’S NOT JUST INDIANAPOLIS: A columnist discusses how Evansville’s archbishop has also come under fire for failing to tolerate the city’s LGBTQ community. Courier & Press 

CARMEL REDISTRICTING: Leaders of Carmel Clay Schools plan to redraw the district’s boundaries to make way for two new elementary schools. But they haven’t determined how many students the effort could affect. IndyStar

SECURITY BREACH: A man accused of impersonating a police officer at Lake Central High School will no longer face criminal charges. NWI