Rise & Shine: This week at the statehouse

7 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

P.S. As a reminder, our first-ever Great American Teach-Off at SXSW EDU is all about encouraging teachers to show off their craft. And we’re accepting entries until Jan. 19. Click here to apply today!