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Simple, fun and FREE summer learning activities


Looking for ways to keep the kids occupied AND exercise their brains?  Here are some ideas to help combat summer learning loss-- some of which have the added benefit of keeping everyone cool! 

Stand for Children Indiana opposes proposed A-F accountability pause


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement today on Indiana Department of Education Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s proposal to pause A-F accountability:

“Stand for Children Indiana is opposed to a pause in accountability and urges the State Board of Education not to pursue the idea. 

Parents deliver more than 1,000 signatures supporting key changes in IPS


A group of Indianapolis Public Schools’ (IPS’) parents, grandparents and students today delivered more than 1,000 petition signatures to IPS officials, including Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS Board President Diane Arnold and Board Member Mary Ann Sullivan.   The petition signers are supporting the parents’ calls to turn around failing schools in IPS by including common sense recommendations in the district’s new strategic plan.   

Your Donor Bill of Rights


Making a donation-of any size-is a generous act.  At Stand for Children we value all of you who take a stand and donate your time, talent or treasure to empower parents and engage state and local leaders in transforming failing schools.  Every child-regardless of his or her background-deserves access to a world-class education.

Free activities in Indy to help fight summer learning loss


It's difficult to keep the kids entertained during the summer, and even harder to ensure they don't lose ground when it comes to learning.  This summer, Stand Indiana will periodically be sharing ideas with you to help fight summer learning loss.  The best part, these ideas are all FREE!

Here are just a few: 

Stand for Children Leadership Center receives Joyce Foundation grant


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana is pleased to announce it has received a $150,000, one-year grant from the Joyce Foundation, part of which will be used to fund the organization’s family engagement program, Stand University for Parents (Stand UP). 

Stand UP graduates deliver powerful speeches


Forty-five parents, grandparents and guardians of Indianapolis Public Schools students are among the newest Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) graduates.   They participated in a moving ceremony Saturday, June 6, that was full of tears and laughter.  Here are some of the speeches from that day: 

IPS School 49 Parent Graduate Rita Velasquez's Speeech (Translated from the original Spanish)

Parents launch petition drive in support of common sense changes in Indianapolis Public Schools


Parents of Indianapolis Public Schools' (IPS') students are gathering petition signatures in support of common sense recommendations to turn around failing IPS schools.  Half of all kids in the IPS district attend D or F-rated schools.  

Why I Stand UP!


I grew up in a small town on the east side of Indiana called Hagerstown. I graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with two bachelor degrees. I moved to Indianapolis for my new post-college job (yay!) in 2001-right after September 11th. Then life happened-I met my husband, fell in love, got married and we started our family.