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Rise & Shine: State Distressed Unit Appeal Board votes to takeover Muncie schools

7 things you should know about Indiana education

  1. REFERENDUMS: The Indianapolis Public Schools board voted Thursday to ask voters for $936 million in two referendums this May. The district says the money is essential to pay for teacher raises, special education and building safety. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  2. MOVING JOBS: New research finds that teachers are significantly less likely to move between states than others with similar jobs. Making it harder for teachers who cross state lines to reenter the classroom could have negative consequences for students. Read more in Chalkbeat.
  3. STATE TAKEOVER: This week the state’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board voted unanimously to take over both academics and finances of the Muncie school district, making it the second district to be fully controlled by the state after Gary was taken over earlier this year. Read more from The Star Press, Indiana Public Radio, RTV6, and Fox 59.
  4. KICKBACK SCHEME: A jury convicted Vigo County schools’ former facilities and transportation director Franklin Fennell of 12 charges Wednesday. The charges stemmed from a years-long kickback scheme the FBI says cost the district more than $100,000. Read more in the Tribune Star.
  5. TAX INCREASE: Lake Central is the latest school district to announce plans to consider asking voters to support a nearly $55 million budget referendum to pay for operating expenses. Read more in the Post-Tribune.
  6. ON THE NATIONAL STAGE: The choir members at Broad Ripple High School are hoping to sing their way to New York. The students are raising $68,000 to pay for a trip to Carnegie Hall to perform with the Top Choirs of America. Find out more, and hear them perform, at WTHR.
  7. VIRTUAL REALITY: Students at a Noblesville elementary school are seeing sites around the country with the help of virtual reality goggles. Read more in the Indy Star.

— Shaina Cavazos and Dylan Peers McCoy, reporters