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Guest Blog: Preschool scholarships available for Indy’s children

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For the first time this fall, thousands of 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families in Indianapolis will have the opportunity to receive a free, quality preschool education.

Transformation Zone provides hope for students in low-performing schools

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Stand for Children Indiana tonight applauded the IPS school board for giving the green light to the creation of a Transformation Zone.  The Transformation Zone will focus on six low-performing schools in IPS, including two long-struggling high schools-–George Washington and Northwest—and four elementary schools that feed into those high schools.

Stand Indiana parent leader Evelyn Barrueto urged the board in a speech to support the Transformation Zone.

Kids, teachers win with legislation creating career pathways for educators

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Stand for Children Indiana testified today before an Indiana Senate committee in favor of a bill to help school corporations establish career pathways for teachers. 

“Given our challenges in education today, educators have both one of the toughest jobs, as well as one of the most important jobs in our state and nation. That’s why we must redouble our efforts to not only retain, but also attract phenomenal teacher leaders to our schools,” said Stand Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller.

2015 Member Summit celebrates members

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Stand for Children Indiana wants to thank everyone who attended the recent 2015 Member Summit.  It was a great day of workshops, discussion and celebration.   Some very special members received awards for the hard work they have done over the past year to live up to the Stand organizing ideals.  

The following members received awards:

Educate & Empower – Kesha Harris and Tracy Butler

Advocate – Mary Lloyd and Cynthia James

Implementation – Eugenia Murry

Elections – Lenné Parrish

Stand for Children Indiana urges state lawmakers to adequately fund IPS, high-poverty charters

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Stand for Children Indiana has launched a campaign to urge state lawmakers to adequately fund Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and local charter schools that are expected to lose millions of dollars in funding under the two-year state budget approved by the Indiana House. The Indiana Senate is now exploring changes to the school funding formula. 

Stand for Children Indiana praises IPS for bringing first Innovation School to 103

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Stand for Children Indiana today applauded Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) for its decision to locate the first-ever Innovation Network School in School 103 on the Far-Eastside.

Late yesterday evening, IPS announced that Phalen Leadership Academies will bring its innovative model to IPS 103 in hopes of increasing student performance and providing children with a high-quality education.

City preschool investment will give neediest kids a boost

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Stand for Children Indiana praised the Indianapolis City-County Council for its vote tonight to fund a preschool expansion program created by the Indianapolis Mayor and City-County Council in December.

Stand Indiana member and IPS grandmother Annette Wilson testified in favor of the plan in February and told city leaders about the impact preschool can have on a child’s readiness to learn. 

Stand Indiana: DOE leaders should investigate whether students were used as political pawns

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Stand for Children Indiana is calling on Indiana Department of Education leaders to investigate whether educators in a New Castle school encouraged children—on school time—to send politically-charged letters to members of the State Board of Education and state legislators.

Stand Indiana applauds Indiana House for approving “career pathways for teachers”

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Stand for Children Indiana praised the Indiana House of Representatives today for passing legislation that helps school corporations establish career pathways for teachers. The House voted 95-2 in favor of the provision, which was included in House Bill 1009.

Lawmakers from both parties supported the bill that would encourage school districts to revamp teacher compensation and create career ladders to give educators opportunities to advance professionally without leaving the classroom. The bill calls for:

Stand parent members back funding plan for pre-k expansion

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Parent members of Stand for Children Indiana tonight testified in favor of a funding plan for the city’s preschool expansion program created by the Indianapolis Mayor and City-County Council in December.

The Community Affairs and Education Committee approved the plan, which is slated to go before the full council in March.

Stand Indiana member and IPS grandmother Annette Wilson told city leaders about the impact preschool can have on a child’s readiness to learn. 

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