Join IPS parents pushing for equity

Access to High-Quality Schools, Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement | 03/16/2021

LaToya Hale-Tahirou

I fully believe that we have to call a thing a thing to fix it. The gaps between Black and Brown children and their white peers is a thing in the IPS district and now is the time to fix it. As parents and community members, we can’t be comfortable with small accomplishments. That is one of the main reasons I joined a group of Indianapolis parents and helped write a vision for a more just and equitable IPS.  

We can no longer accept discipline disparities in this district. We can no longer accept that there are gaps in opportunities between races. We can no longer accept that some children are being failed by our schools when there are models that are proven to be working for children of color. We can no longer accept that our children may have a revolving door of educators.

Several of my kids have had 3-4 teachers in a school year, so keeping quality teachers is really important to me because I have seen firsthand the devastating effects this can have on a child’s education. We have programs in this district that can create a pipeline of diverse educators for our schools.

Yes, we have to be realistic, but more than anything we have to be driven. The goals we came up with are BOLD goals for a reason, and I want to see measurable results. If you do too, please email the IPS board today.

I know the IPS board wants to see an equitable district. I appreciate all they have done to make these dreams a reality, and I hope they receive our document and know that it comes to them with love for IPS students.

We are asking the board to consider our vision and help us become partners in making IPS more just and equitable. If you also share our dreams, please email the IPS board today. It only takes a minute to send an email with this form, but it would help support parents who are calling on this district to make measurable progress for our children.

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  • I have a granddaughter soon to enter IPS kindergarten. I cannot believe how horrible the schools are. I live on the West side. I have left messages for the Governor, the Mayor, my council woman, the head of the school board, Andre Carson... no one has called me back to tell me what their plans are for getting these schools up to at least a C, B rating from the D, E ratings there are at now. I really want to hold them accountable and see to it they spend money on the schools that need it. Please let me know what I should do. Thank you.
    Randi Renninger

    March 20, 2021 4:40 PM

  • If you have not already, emailing the IPS board about the parent vision in this blog is a good place to start: http://equitableips.org/ It includes suggestions including to grow models that are working and for transparency around whether schools serving the largest populations of underserved children are receiving more funding per student.
    kmattas

    March 22, 2021 5:48 AM

  • If you have not already, emailing the IPS board about the parent vision in this blog is a good place to start: http://equitableips.org/ It includes suggestions including to grow models that are working and for transparency around whether schools serving the largest populations of underserved children are receiving more funding per student.
    kmattas

    March 22, 2021 5:49 AM