Before COVID-19 changed how kids received their education, I was working with a group of parents and Stand for Children Indiana (Stand Indiana) to confront the academic inequities in our public schools. As we continued to dig into the work, it became clearer that Indianapolis must do better to address the root of racism that exists in education. In 2021, our work will expand to include how different levels of funding, resources, parent involvement, rigorous standards, fair discipline policies, and quality staff translate to better outcomes for Black and Brown kids like mine.
In 2011, my son was diagnosed with Autism. I didn’t know what that was. I was scared for him, so I started researching it online to learn how to help him. His first year of school was so rough – he was suspended on his first day of kindergarten and most of the 21 days after.
That was my first experience of really feeling like a battle was beginning. Around the same time, I was invited to attend a meeting with Stand Indiana. Since that meeting, I’ve been deeply involved with my son’s education, and Stand Indiana has been by my side every step of the way.
I’ve learned that parent involvement is everything. My participation will help my child receive the best education possible and help other children too.
Your gift to Stand Indiana empowers parents to demand that access to a high-quality public education be possible for all.
Today, it’s never been more important that we address every racial inequity in our schools and make sure our children are receiving their right to a high-quality education.
Please consider donating to Stand Indiana on Giving Tuesday. Your support is more important than ever this year as parents across Indiana will need to use their voice to demand chance in our public school systems.