5 things you should know about Indiana education

PRE-K DEBATE: Lawmakers have less than three weeks before they have to come to a compromise about how to expand Indiana’s preschool pilot program. At this point, the major funding boost advocates hoped for seems unlikely. Chalkbeat has the story.

FAST-GROWING: A new Purdue University-backed high school that would specialize in science and math hasn’t even opened yet, but talks of expansion are already ongoing. So far, demand for the next Indianapolis Public Schools innovation school is high. Read more from Chalkbeat.

PRE-K BOOSTS BUSINESS: The IBJ reports that Indiana’s preschool program isn’t just helping kids — it’s letting their parents move ahead as well. An early report shows that having a preschool scholarship can lead to better economic outcomes for families, which some experts say could have an effect for generations to come.

FINANCIAL TROUBLES: The state has ruled in favor of Muncie teachers after the school district tried for years to carry out a plan that would slash salaries and raise insurance costs. Union members argued such a move would drive teachers from the district. The decision comes as the district faces incredible financial distress.

STATE TAKEOVER?: Districts in Gary and Muncie could be up not just for fiscal, but academic, state takeover in a new proposal from lawmakers. The bill passed out of the House Ways & Means Committee Monday afternoon and next heads to the full House. Read more from the Star Press and StateImpact.

COMING UP…

  • The Indiana State Board of Education is set to meet on Wednesday. The agenda looks fairly light, but you can read about what the board is expected to discuss here.
  • Tonight, the Indiana Department of Education is holding a public forum in Indianapolis on the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act — the law that replaced No Child Left Behind. The department is looking for feedback on issues such as testing and accountability from educators and the community for the plan it must create and submit to the federal government this fall. Find details here.