Stand Parents Help Shape New Vision for Indianapolis Public Schools
Help us ensure these ideas become reality in our local schools
The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) board and Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee have approved a new strategic plan to shape the future of the district. The plan includes many of the common sense changes proposed by Stand Indiana parents and community stakeholders in the comprehensive strategy document entitled, “Every Child, Every Neighborhood: A Parent Vision for Excellence in IPS.”
On March 14, 2015, we held a member summit focused on improving the quality of education in IPS. The nearly 40 attendees discussed steps the district could take to improve student learning and dramatically turn around the lowest-performing schools. The ideas coming out of the Stand member summit were the starting point for “Every Child, Every Neighborhood.” A stakeholder committee met over several weeks to refine ideas from the summit and formulate the final recommendations for IPS.
The parents asked that the ideas in “Every Child, Every Neighborhood” be considered for inclusion in the new IPS strategic plan and many of them were. The parent recommendations focused on four main areas: a great principal leader in every school, a great teacher in every classroom, a great school in every neighborhood and a great support system for every parent or guardian.
“Every Child, Every Neighborhood” called on IPS to ensure its strategic plan included:
- A detailed vision for improving principal talent, including recruiting and retaining those building leaders with a track record of achieving strong student growth;
- A smart, but aggressive, use of the Innovation Schools law (link to Innovation Schools Page), which would enable IPS to forge partnerships with programs and school operators to guide turnaround of failing schools;
- A shift of funding from central administration to the classroom, specifically to pay for teacher raises; and
- Streamlining the school enrollment process and creating a one-stop shop for school performance data.
More than 1,000 signatures from Indianapolis residents were collected in support of "Every Child, Every Neighborhood" and presented at the end of June to IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee, IPS Board President Diane Arnold and Board Member Mary Ann Sullivan.
Now, we all must help IPS execute the plan and make the vision in “Every Child, Every Neighborhood” a reality. To get involved, email Organizer Cesar Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org.