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IPS Superintendent Joins National Bipartisan Network to Help Promote Change

In a move that underscores a commitment to educational innovation and student success, Dr. Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), has joined the prestigious Board of Directors for Chiefs for Change.  

This bipartisan network comprises a diverse group of school superintendents and state education leaders dedicated to driving transformative change in the American education system. Dr. Johnson’s appointment marks a significant milestone for both Indianapolis and the broader educational community. 

Chiefs for Change is a dynamic network that not only supports its members but also actively advocates for the adoption of effective policies and practices within education. It aims to cultivate the next generation of forward-thinking, student-centric superintendents. With Dr. Johnson’s inclusion on the board, there is renewed hope for innovative solutions and collaborative efforts to shape the future of education. 

Joining Dr. Johnson in this endeavor are two other distinguished superintendents: Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of the Beaverton School District in Oregon; and, Scott Muri, superintendent of the Ector County Independent School District in Texas. 

All three superintendents have been strong advocates for more federal support to sustain initiatives funded with Covid relief aid that are making a difference. Balderas’ comments are included in the June 2023 Chiefs for Change report, A Work in Progress: How Covid Aid Is Helping Schools Recover and the Need for Sustained Federal Support.  

Dr. Johnson and Muri are featured in the network’s latest report, Accelerating Learning: How K-12 Systems Are Moving Forward and Making Gains. That report, issued yesterday, outlines strategies districts and states are using to improve academic performance in key areas.