5 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. NEWCOMERS: Trump administration policy is reducing the number of refugees resettled in Indianapolis, and leading to fewer students in the newcomer program. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. ONE APPLICATION: Beginning next week, parents in Indianapolis will be able to apply for over 50 charter and Indianapolis Public School district schools through one website. Common enrollment systems are increasingly popular in cities with lots of charter schools. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  3. GOVERNOR’S GOALS: Eric Holcomb unveiled his 2018 legislative priorities this week, but his education plans were noticeably different than his predecessor’s — no testing policy or efforts to increase school choice in sight. Read more from Chalkbeat, Indiana Public Media, the IBJ, The Statehouse File, NWI Times, and the Journal Gazette.
  4. MORE TEST CHANGES? Indiana’s graduation pathways committee made a surprising proposal this week to have high schoolers take an exam like the ACT or SAT rather than end-of-course tests. Read more from Chalkbeat, WFYI, the IndyStar, and the Associated Press.
  5. OPIOID CRISIS: With added protections from a new state law, some Indiana schools are stocking drugs to be used in case of an overdose. Read more from the IndyStar.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters