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Rise & Shine: Under state takeover, Gary school board meets for the last time

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Deep into a long Congressional committee hearing yesterday on charter schools, the dismally low graduation rates at virtual charter schools grabbed some attention — with a Congresswoman calling out the troubled Indiana Virtual School by name. Be sure to check out our story below.

We also tracked a heated debate among Indiana education officials over how much to fund the state’s most struggling schools — and which ones should get the extra dollars. Shaina breaks down the complicated issue.

— Stephanie Wang, bureau chief



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VIRTUAL SCHOOLS: A Congresswoman called out Indiana’s most troubled virtual school by name during a committee hearing on charter schools. Chalkbeat

Plus, four key questions raised during the charter schools hearing. Chalkbeat

TURNAROUND: Indiana education officials couldn’t agree on how much funding turnaround schools should get — or if some of the schools were eligible to get any extra money at all. Chalkbeat

TAKEOVER: Gary’s final school board meeting was marred by rancor. Post-Tribune

SCHOOL SHOOTING: Noblesville schools are improving safety measures after a shooting last month that injured a student and a teacher. Fox59, IndyStar, RTV6, WISH

Jason Seaman and his wife, Colette, discussed the outpouring of support they have received, the challenges of returning to a normal life, and his feelings toward the parents of the boy accused of shooting him. IndyStar

GRANTS: Homeless LGBTQ youth and underserved students on the east side were the big winners Tuesday night during the Impact 100 Change-Makers competition. IndyStar

STEM: A new “makerspace” at an Indianapolis school will be used to enhance STEM learning. WISH