Two members of the Stand for Children Indiana parent endorsement committee released statements Tuesday night in response to electoral victories for three of the candidates it endorsed for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) school board.
“I am pleased with the outcome,” said parent endorsement committee member and campaign canvasser Debra Pasha, “The people that I talked to when I was out knocking on doors understood the seriousness of supporting the right school board candidates because of the impact their decisions have on our children. Even those who don’t have children understood that our children’s educational outcomes affect us all as a community.”
The committee chose to endorse four candidates – Michael O’Connor in district 1, Venita Moore in district 2, Diane Arnold in district 4, and Sam Odle for at-large – during a nearly three-hour meeting in September. Incumbents O’Connor and Arnold, as well as newcomer Moore, each won their races by sizeable margins.
"Tonight's win by O'Connor, Arnold and Moore represents a victory for parents and students in IPS. Parents like me stood behind these candidates because we care about ensuring every child – regardless of zip code -- has access to a quality school,” said IPS mom and Stand parent member LaToya Tahirou, “Each of these leaders believes strongly in turning around our struggling schools and empowering principals and teachers to run our local schools. And I believe each will support policies that benefit my children and all children in IPS. "In the end, I'm a proud IPS mom who believes the voters have chosen tremendous education champions to move our district forward and push for more change and improvement in our schools -- especially in our most challenged neighborhoods."