This year’s IPS State of the District speech will be delivered on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m., and streamed live at myips.org. 

Versión en Español del Estado del Distrito

This year’s theme is “Rebuilding Stronger: Our Commitment to All Students.”  

“Last fall, I shared how our system was built a century ago to sort the futures of our children into those who needed a real education and those who didn’t, and that it had worked as designed for far too long. I made it clear then I was done presiding over a sorting machine, and that together, we would design something fundamentally different and even revolutionary,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson.

“It is my honor to report back to you on that work this September in my State of the District speech — about what I’ve heard from you in our yearlong community engagement sessions, and how that will translate into a plan called Rebuilding Stronger to create the schools our children deserve. Some of the decisions required are hard, and I will not sugarcoat anything. But I’ve never been more optimistic about where we’re going — providing a learning experience that we believe every student in our district deserves, puts them on the path to fulfill their own hopes and aspirations, and ultimately contributes to the vitality and success of our city and state. I’m excited to share with you the commitment we’re making to all students in Indianapolis.”

IPS has spent the last year engaging across this city about the decisions ahead, in pretty much every way imaginable —  from countless in-person and virtual meetings, surveys and community conversations since 2021 to inform our planning. The district asked our families, our students, our staff and our community to tell us what matters most, to guide some incredibly important choices. And we do have to make choices, to prioritize. 

Because, as Dr. Johnson always says, “We can do anything here in Indianapolis, but we can’t do everything.” 

You can check out a summary of what we heard in those meetings, the data discussed, and the potential solutions evaluated here.

  • Sept. 19: 6 p.m. Shepherd Community Center, 4107 E. Washington St.
  • Sept. 21: 12 p.m. New Era Church, 517 W. 30th St.
  • Sept. 22: 12 p.m. Virtual on Microsoft Teams
  • Sept. 26: 6 p.m. Café (Community Alliance of the Far Eastside), 8902 E 38th St,
  • Oct. 3: 6 p.m. George Washington High School, 2215 W. Washington St.
  • Oct. 4: 6 p.m. George Washington High School, 2215 W. Washington St., (Spanish speaking only and ESL Team)
  • Oct. 8: 12 p.m. Indianapolis Public Library – East 38th Street Branch, 5420 E 38th St.
  • Oct.  5: 12 p.m. Virtual on Microsoft Teams
  • Oct. 6: 6 p.m. Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105, 8620 Montery Rd., (Spanish speaking only with ESL Team) 
  • Oct. 17: 6 p.m. Arsenal Tech High School, 1500 E Michigan St.
  • Oct. 19: 12 p.m. Virtual on Microsoft Teams