Justin Ohlemiller, Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director, released the following statement today regarding the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Board of School Commissioners delaying the vote on the proposed operating referendum:
“Advocates and parents affiliated with Stand for Children Indiana appreciate the decision by IPS Superintendent Dr. Johnson and the board of commissioners to delay the operating referendum vote today.
“We know this was a tough decision to pause the referendum. Dr. Johnson’s comments this morning were on point: we have a complex education system that doesn’t always prioritize the best interests of children, and we have to come together to address the myriad challenges.
“This move today by IPS leaders will allow the tough but critical community conversations to happen to get this plan right.
“Stand for Children and our network of parents are committed to supporting IPS and its leaders as the hard work continues to create a plan that funds our public schools equitably and prioritizes closing opportunity gaps.”