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.
The signatures were gathered electronically and in person from Indianapolis residents in support of the Stand parent plan, entitled “Every child, every neighborhood: A parent vision for excellence in IPS.”
The requests in “Every child, every neighborhood” are focused on improving student outcomes in IPS, where state statistics show more than half the 30,000 students attend D or F-rated schools.
“The parents believe these are common sense ideas that IPS should be implementing to improve student achievement,” said Stand Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller. “They are impressed with the district’s recent progress, but think more needs to be done to boost low-performing schools.”