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June 6, 2019
Indianapolis parents learn to advocate for their students in an evolving school district
Stand University for Parents has helped 550 parents cultivate a community around an evolving IPS, according to program officials and participating families.
Politics & Policy
January 11, 2018
Who supports Indianapolis Public Schools’ bid for more money? It’s not clear.
The referendums would increase school funding by as much as $936 million over eight years.
June 30, 2015
With 1,000 signatures, Stand For Children parents demand IPS action
Ferebee says parent input will factor into an IPS strategic plan coming in August.
May 11, 2015
Ferebee says he'd consider one enrollment process for IPS, charters
Ferebee said he has had "very preliminary" conversations with city officials about creating a common enrollment process.
October 29, 2014
IPS dumps Teach Plus contract as board members trade barbs
Emotions were running high Wednesday night as the Indianapolis Public School Board voted at a special meeting to rescind a contract with national organization Teach Plus to provide $6,000 bonuses to teacher leaders in three struggling IPS schools.
October 28, 2014
IPS board president calls special meeting to discuss Teach Plus contract
The Indianapolis Public School Board has called a meeting for Wednesday to reconsider a contract it approved with Teach Plus just a week ago…
October 21, 2014
Preschool advocates hoping for change of heart in Pence as grant deadline extended (updated)
The state already has its application completed and was prepared to submit it last week by the original deadline. But in a last-minute move, Pence decided not to apply because he feared "federal intrusion" in preschool. The move shocked preschool supporters, but was cheered by anti-Common Core and tea party groups in the state.
October 20, 2014
Glenda Ritz calls Pence's preschool decision "bad for children"
The state’s move to pass on the grant brought a flood of opinion over the weekend about why Pence made the move and whether it was the right decision.
October 16, 2014
Preschool advocates stunned Pence dropped bid for $80 million grant
Indiana's early childhood education advocates say they are "shocked" by Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to follow through on submitting a federal grant application that could have resulted in the state receiving $80 million to support preschool expansion efforts to benefit close to 2,000 low-income children.
September 16, 2014
Democrats block funding for Ballard's preschool plan; meeting erupts
A proposal to eliminate the local homestead tax credit was tabled tonight by Council Democrats. Eliminating the tax credit was how Mayor Greg Ballard wanted to pay for a $50 million preschool program.
September 9, 2014
One month into school year, IPS still searching for three principals
The first month of school has come and gone, and Indianapolis Public Schools is still searching for principals to lead two of its best-performing elementary schools and a struggling…
July 31, 2014
From advocacy to IPS: Deb Black's hiring signals change
Deborah Black's hiring at IPS is one element of what some in the advocacy world see as a marked shift in Ferebee's administration when it comes to the district's commitment to parent engagement.
June 10, 2014
Union dispute over School 93 plan brings parent, teacher complaints
Parents, teachers and activists who have pushed for an overhaul of School 93 are calling on Indianapolis Public Schools and its teachers union to resolve a disagreement they say is threatening their plan to improve the school.
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