Rise & Shine: Report finds Indy’s suburban schools still outperform city schools

Happy Friday!

There’s no doubt teachers make an impact every day. And that impact can become even more clear when they trade the classroom for retirement.

The teacher who introduced me to journalism (and set me on a career path) retired when I was a high school senior. But the lessons he taught me about ethics, integrity, and personal discipline remain a core part of who I am today.

Are you a retiring teacher? We want to hear (and learn) from you. This summer, we’re launching a special How I Teach series around teachers saying goodbye to the classroom and what they gained from their careers in education.

Please fill out this form if you’re interested in sharing, or send it to your favorite retiring teacher.

— Erica Irish, reporter

Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

ONGOING DEBATE: Are charter schools “draining,” “siphoning,” or “funneling” resources away from school districts? The answers aren’t as simple as advocates want them to be. Chalkbeat

INDY’S TOP SCHOOLS: New rankings by the U.S. News and World Report show the best high schools in the Indianapolis metro area (unsurprisingly) come from nearby suburbs. IndyStar

AN APOLOGY: The acting president of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools board issued a promise to parents after months of debate around the district’s nondiscrimination policy: “We will do better.” IndyStar

STUDENT INNOVATION: Northwest Indiana students showcased engineering projects amid discussions about the state’s changing graduation requirements. NWI Times

UNDER THE POVERTY LINE: Michigan state leaders say the state desperately needs more skilled teachers committed to preparing young students for the crucial transition to kindergarten. But existing preschool educators struggle with low wages. Chalkbeat

RAISING QUESTIONS: Student entrepreneurs are redefining how to incorporate technology in the classroom with a question: Why are most tools made for student learning created by adults? Hechinger Report

MEDICATED: Private schools inspired by a European educator who taught “eccentric” health practices in the early 20th century are drawing in American families who oppose vaccinations. The New York Times