7 things you should know about Indiana education

TIMELINE FOR CLOSINGS: With lots of empty high school seats, Indianapolis Public Schools leaders are planning to close schools in the coming years. Last week, the board approved a timeline that calls for making a decision this fall. Read more from Chalkbeat.

A NEW DISTRICT: The same week U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praised the Indianapolis Public Schools innovation network, the district approved three new innovation schools. But the schools have vastly different backstories. Read more from Chalkbeat and WFYI.

MUNCIE SCHOOLS 101: For weeks, Muncie has been dealing with the fallout of a $15 million budget deficit, which could mean cuts and school closures. How they’d get to that point? StateImpact explains.

VOUCHER MISMANAGEMENT?: This Indianapolis private school continued to receive thousands of dollars through state vouchers, even when financial mismanagement became clear and students, facilities and teachers went without. Read more from the Indy Star.

FURRY FRIENDS: Beech Grove Schools welcomed Finley, a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, to a middle school this past year to work as a therapy dog. See more from WISH-TV.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Kids in Northwest Indiana are learning more about healthy eating and exercise as part of an effort by two community organizations. NWI Times has more.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: A Crown Point music and art teacher has built a program where he can help students with special needs learn to express themselves. Check out NWI Times for his story.