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It never ceases to amaze me how a group of dedicated individuals can drive to make change.  We have seen many examples throughout time of the power of people.  The will of the people has led to some of the greatest changes in our society - from the civil rights movement to the election of the first African-American President of the United States.

Parents applaud IPS’ focus on school autonomy, enrollment


IPS parent members of Stand for Children Indiana were pleased to see many of the recommendations from their “Every Child, Every Neighborhood” vision included in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) strategic plan unveiled online today.

We can do better

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently came out with a statement about publicly-funded preschool programs in Indiana excluding undocumented children that said, “…it’s shortsighted and wrong to deny children educational opportunity from the starting line because of their immigration status – especially children who are clearly here through no fault of their own.”

Schools should roll out the welcome mat for parents


Parents need to be involved in more than just parent-teacher conferences if we want to ensure that the children in our communities have access to every opportunity to learn.  Who better to support the school than a child’s first and most important teachers: FAMILY? 

Your all-access pass


Membership in Stand for Children Indiana is like an all-access pass to events that make history. 

You can get that pass by becoming a member today!

I'm a proud member of Stand Indiana and have been an active participant in key moments that will change education in Indianapolis and the entire state.  

Simple, fun and FREE summer learning activities


Looking for ways to keep the kids occupied AND exercise their brains?  Here are some ideas to help combat summer learning loss-- some of which have the added benefit of keeping everyone cool! 

Stand for Children Indiana opposes proposed A-F accountability pause


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement today on Indiana Department of Education Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s proposal to pause A-F accountability:

“Stand for Children Indiana is opposed to a pause in accountability and urges the State Board of Education not to pursue the idea. 

Parents deliver more than 1,000 signatures supporting key changes in IPS


A group of Indianapolis Public Schools’ (IPS’) parents, grandparents and students today delivered more than 1,000 petition signatures to IPS officials, including Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS Board President Diane Arnold and Board Member Mary Ann Sullivan.   The petition signers are supporting the parents’ calls to turn around failing schools in IPS by including common sense recommendations in the district’s new strategic plan.   

Your Donor Bill of Rights


Making a donation-of any size-is a generous act.  At Stand for Children we value all of you who take a stand and donate your time, talent or treasure to empower parents and engage state and local leaders in transforming failing schools.  Every child-regardless of his or her background-deserves access to a world-class education.