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


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”


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


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. 

House Education Committee unanimously approves “career pathways for teachers” amendment


The Indiana House Education Committee today unanimously approved an amendment to House Bill 1009 that would establish “career pathways” for teachers.  The committee also voted 13-0 to move the legislation on to the full Indiana House for consideration.   Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement:

Stand for Children Indiana applauds SBOE vote to create IPS transformation zone


Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement on the State Board of Education’s unanimous approval this morning of the transformation zone model in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS): 

Stand Indiana backs “career pathways” for teachers


Stand for Children Indiana today spoke in support of an amendment to House Bill 1009 which would create career pathways for teachers.  The amendment and overall bill are expected to be voted on by the Indiana House Education Committee Thursday. 

"To attract and retain top teaching talent, especially in our most challenged urban school districts, we need to revamp the way we compensate teachers and create career ladders to give great teachers a way to advance professionally without leaving the classroom,” said Stand Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller.

Stand Indiana hires three employees


Stand for Children Indiana today announced the addition of three staff members filling roles in development, community organizing and government affairs.

Indy parents win a victory for their kids!


We can do better.  And we must do better on behalf of our children.

That's the message a group of Stand Indiana parent members left the IPS board with this week. They were able to advocate and win approval for the first-ever Innovation School in IPS.  As the head of Stand Indiana's family engagement program and an IPS parent, I was proud.  

Together, IPS parents are creating change that is improving educational opportunity for our children.  But we have so much more work left to do.  

Stand Indiana urges IPS board to approve Innovation Network School


Stand for Children Indiana is urging the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) board to approve Phalen Leadership Academies’ proposal for the Innovation Network School when it meets Tuesday night.

The Phalen Academies’ model focuses on achieving results by:

Creating career pathways and raising pay for top teachers should be priorities


Stand for Children Indiana is hoping state legislators focus time and energy this session on the most critical component of student success—teacher quality.

Stand Indiana will support legislation that extends the reach of Indiana’s highest-quality teachers, while providing them with more pay and additional leadership opportunities in our schools. Key components of the potential legislation include providing grant funding to school districts to help them establish career pathways for teachers and incentivizing more teamwork and collaboration within the teaching ranks.