Today, Stand for Children Indiana released the following statement on the Indy Chamber’s four-month financial and operational analysis of IPS:
The Indy Chamber and IPS should both be praised for working together on the analysis released today. Our organization agrees with the Indy Chamber that the IPS central office, even after 30 percent reductions made previously, still needs to be "right-sized," and that there are savings that can and should be found to close the looming financial gap and invest more in teachers and school leaders. For all the time and effort spent on this analysis, the Indy Chamber deserves praise for partnering with IPS to find efficiencies and improve operations.
Where we have questions is whether the proposed $100 million for a referendum is enough to deliver the quality of education IPS children need and deserve over the next several years, and if some of the cuts recommended by the Indy Chamber may disproportionately impact the parents and students affiliated with Stand for Children.
We encourage IPS and the Indy Chamber to find common ground on cost saving measures that don’t harm kids while enthusiastically getting behind a referendum investment that sets the district up for long-term success. We hope an agreement on the referendum will be reached in the coming days.