I'm scared for my child going to kindergarten

Access to High-Quality Schools, Parent & Family Engagement | 01/30/2020

Kayla Mattas
Marketing and Communications Manager

Like most moms, I have mixed feelings about my child going into kindergarten, but not for the reasons you may think. Sure, I’m nervous about how he will act with other kids and in a new classroom, if he will hear his teacher (due to his unilateral hearing loss) and understand all the content, and if he will start writing his R’s backwards again. But I’m mostly nervous because I know that not all schools in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) are getting the same results for all kids.

Here’s the uncomfortable truth: 32% of white children attending IPS schools passed both portions of ILEARN, while only 7% of black students and 11% of Hispanic students did the same. This is a gap that is not only wrong, it’s fixable.

My son is multi-racial, so I like that IPS is diverse and I appreciate the new racial equity mindset being implemented by Superintendent Aleesia Johnson because it gives me hope for the future— but that doesn’t mean I have turned a blind eye to the facts or doubted the firsthand accounts I’ve heard from other IPS parents.

Through my job, I get to meet with a lot of amazing families and listen to their stories. I hear from parents like Earl, at his child’s school only two kids passed ILEARN. Parents like Shawanda, whose cousin went to a popular magnet program and yet still struggled. Parents like DeVetrica, who felt guilt as she toured a public school that is getting results for all children regardless of their race or family income level.

It’s because of donors like you that Stand for Children Indiana is able to reach more parents, hear their stories, and find out what needs to be done to ensure all children have the opportunity to succeed. Please consider making a donation today so we can continue working to ensure all children are uplifted by their educational experience.

If you can’t make a donation, but you have a story to share, I’d love to hear it

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