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Lessons learned from recent IPS changes


After any major project or decision, it’s always a good idea for organizations to step back and assess what went well and what didn’t. After the Shortridge/Gambold move that was approved this week by the IPS board, I hope the district is taking time to do this sort of self-reflection and establish some of the lessons that were learned.

After attending the IPS board meeting on Tuesday, there were a lot of positive takeaways that I noted, but also some key areas where improvement is needed.

Stand Indiana praises committee for preschool progress


Stand Indiana is hopeful that the full Indianapolis City-County Council will vote December 1 to approve a $40 million plan to expand preschool access to the city’s neediest children.

A bipartisan committee approved the compromise plan last night.  It would provide high-quality preschool for as many as 1,300 children starting in 2016. 

Election signals new day in IPS


It’s a new day for IPS after voters indicated that they want to see significant improvements in the city’s largest school district.

At-Large candidate Mary Ann Sullivan and district candidates Kelly Bentley and LaNier Echols all successfully defeated incumbents to win seats on the IPS School Board. The three were endorsed by Stand for Children Indiana’s parent members and supported by an independent campaign run by Stand’s advocacy organization.  

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.