As Indiana lawmakers get ready to draft the final state budget, they are going to have to make adjustments to deal with a $100 million budget shortfall.   (Indy Politics)

A teacher-pay plan is in final negotiations at the statehouse.  (WIBC)

Some Indiana teachers don’t believe the latest Republican-backed state budget plan does enough to support public schools — and legislative leaders are warning that they might even be faced with tightening up that spending proposal.  (South Bend Tribune)

With the end of the legislative session nearing, Amtrak has only days left to hop on board the state budget.   (The Statehouse File)

An annual national report on preschool dumped Indiana from this year’s rankings, excluding the state’s fledging On My Way Pre-K program because of a controversial requirement that bars some families in need from signing up.  (IBJ)

Indiana students in grades 3-8 will begin taking a brand new standardized test starting next week, called ILEARN(Danville Commercial News)

Three days after officially declaring his candidacy for president, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has landed on the radar of the current White House occupant.  (Indy Star)