7 things you should know about Indiana education
- REFERENDUMS: Convincing Indianapolis voters to back a tax increase this spring could be a challenge for the city’s largest district. For now, it’s unclear what groups will help the district make the case. Read more in Chalkbeat.
- A-F GRADES: After some state board members raised concerns about transparency, the board still moved forward a draft of new A-F grading rules that make some significant changes to the current model. Read more from Chalkbeat, the Journal Gazette, and the IndyStar.
- INNER CIRCLE: As 2018 begins, Indianapolis Public Schools is at a watershed moment. Read more about the eight staffers helping Superintendent Lewis Ferebee lead the district in Chalkbeat.
- STATE OF THE STATE: Gov. Eric Holcomb addressed Hoosiers for the second time earlier this week, devoting a few minutes of his speech to education. While workforce issues remain his priority, the governor also called for diploma changes and more courses in computer science. Read more from Chalkbeat.
- THIS WEEK IN THE STATEHOUSE: Lawmakers moved ahead several education proposals this week, including measures on cursive writing, schools that struggle financially, plans to make up gaps in school funding and a bill to require schools to allow military dress at graduations.
- FOUR IS BETTER THAN THREE: Westfield is rethinking its school schedules and proposing middle school students switch from trimesters to quarters. The move would give students more opportunities, school leaders say. Read more from IndyStar.
- NO VOTING: Under rules for state takeover, the Gary School Board can’t vote on a replacement in its own body — the board member must now be appointed by the district’s state-selected emergency manager. Read more from the Post Tribune.
— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters
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