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Stand for Children Indiana: Teachers and students harmed by shameful vote by IPS Board


Last night’s vote by the IPS School Board to back away from a high-quality teacher leadership program aimed at turning around three low-performing schools will ultimately harm nearly 1,500 of the district’s most vulnerable children, according to Stand for Children Indiana’s Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller.

Pre-K deadline extended, Stand Indiana requests Governor reconsider grant decision


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller released the following statement today:

“It is our understanding that the deadline for the federal preschool grant application has been extended through October 22. We respectfully request that Governor Pence revisit his decision to not apply for this grant, which could yield nearly $80 million in funding to expand access to quality preschool for thousands of low-income Hoosier children.

Wanted: Education champions on Election Day!


Stand for Children Indiana is looking for education champions to hand out literature for the IPS School Board races at the polls on Election Day, November 4

Stand parents endorsed three candidates in the IPS School Board elections: Kelly Bentley in District 3, LaNier Echols in District 5 and Mary Ann Sullivan for the At-Large seat.   

Come out and support our endorsed candidates and earn a little extra money!

There’s agreement, we need to fund preschool


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement on the growing consensus that we need to find a bipartisan solution to fund an expansion of preschool:

Let's focus on the kids, not politics!


You may be familiar with the fact that Stand Indiana is encouraging Indianapolis city leaders to fund an expansion of preschool.   However, you may not know what happened this week when parent members wanted to share their stories of why affordable preschool is desperately needed in this city.

Stand for Children Indiana endorses school board candidates


The education-advocacy organization Stand for Children Indiana today announced its candidate endorsements for the three Indianapolis Public School Board races. Those endorsements include:

A familiar face


Stand for Children Indiana is pleased to announce that one of our very own parent leaders will be running our Stand University for Parents program beginning in September.

Stand Indiana encourages Indy residents to attend town hall meeting


There will be a town hall meeting tonight where Indianapolis residents can hear more about Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposed early childhood and crime initiative. Mayor Ballard and Deputy Mayor for Education Jason Kloth will be among those attending the event to discuss the plan, which calls for a $25 million investment in pre-K education for four-year-olds.

A new plan to improve early childhood education in Indianapolis


Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has unveiled a five-year plan to help pay for high-quality preschool for 4-year-olds from lower-income families.  It's expected that about 1,300 preschoolers will be helped each year under the plan that calls for the city contributing $25 million through a flexible grant to the United Way of Central Indiana.

Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana receives support from Lilly Foundation


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a $150,000 matching grant from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. to support grassroots organizing and parent leader empowerment. The matching grant was made in addition to an initial $100,000 grant from the foundation in 2013. Among other initiatives, the grant will help Stand Indiana continue to expand the Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) program.