As an Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) parent who has spoken to the board about several issues over the last year, I know how important it is to have strong community members on the IPS board. I needed to know that the candidates running for the board truly supported equity for Black and Brown children. I needed to know which candidates would work the hardest to close the opportunity gap, support teachers and make sure parent voices were heard.
Luckily, I was not alone in this desire. Over the last several weeks IPS parents gathered virtually to discuss values and characteristics we wanted in board members and ultimately evaluate the candidates who filed to run for the IPS board.
While we will provide you with more information in the coming weeks, the candidates we endorsed include:
Kenneth Allen is passionate about ensuring IPS teachers have the training needed to help kids deal with social and emotional trauma.
Will Pritchard is an IPS parent and community advocate who believes parents need a stronger voice in IPS decisions.
Venita Moore will make IPS an equitable district that listens to students and families they serve – parents like me.
Diane Arnold is a leader who we believe will fully integrate equity plans into every aspect of IPS while saying no to for-profit charter operators.
This election is very important and each of these parent-supported candidates needs your vote to gain a seat on the IPS board. It’s never been more important that you get out and vote. If you don’t know if you’re registered, you can check your registration status here and stay connected with Stand Indiana to hear more from parents like me leading up to election day.