On Feb. 28, IPS and members of the district’s Rebuilding Stronger Reorganization Committee kicked off the first meeting of Phase 2 of the Rebuilding Stronger Initiative. The meeting was held at Arlington Middle School.

After introductions, committee members and the IPS administration and Board:

  • Shared one word that describes the future of the district we’re trying to create
  • Watched the documentary “Attucks: The School That Opened a City”
  • Reviewed some of the district’s data
  • Shared questions they would like answered to help inform reorganization planning  

Highlights from Meeting 1

One Word Descriptions

Using one word, committee members described the district we aspire to co-create together:

  • Inclusive
  • Enduring
  • Excellence
  • Revitalized
  • Linguistically Responsive
  • Equitable
  • Resilient
  • Innovative
  • Successful
  • Strong
  • Stronger
  • Transformative
  • Competitive
  • Unapologetic
  • Opportunity
  • Responsive
  • Accessible
  • Equitable
  • Responsibility
  • Thriving
  • Vigor
  • Sustainable
  • Grit
  • Game Changing
  • Just
  • High Performing
  • Amazing
  • Passionate
  • Collaborative
  • Exceptional
  • Determined
  • Inspiring
  • Stewardship
  • Innovative
  • Unlimited
  • Legendary
  • Parent Power
  • Persevere
  • Vigorous
  • Triumphant
  • Teamwork
  • Opportunities
  • Indispensable

Reflections from “Attucks: The School That Opened a City”

Committee members shared the following reflections after watching the documentary, “Attucks: The School That Opened a City.” The documentary shows the unfiltered history of IPS.

Reflections included:

  • “As I listened to the dates being shared, I realized this story, this trauma has impacted three generations of my family: my mom, me and now my kids.”
  • “My family had to be dishonest and disruptive so I could attend the school we wanted that was closest to where we lived.”
  • “I could have walked to Arlington, but was instead bussed to the suburbs.”
  • “I was not aware that the IPS School Board was consumed by the Ku Klux Klan. I thought they were an outside force. They were instead part of the system.”
  • “I think this all happened a long time ago, but in fact it was not very long ago. My parents were removed by police from a school that was within walking distance.”
  • “Because of the impact of interstate, my grandparents lost their home and business.”
  • “IPS had been desegregated then resegregated. Shows how quickly we can go backwards, especially now in light of current legislation. We must keep fighting.”
  • “Causes related to living conditions: not enough care, not enough concern, not enough courage.”
  • “(The documentary is) timely, given House Bill 1134. It did not pass, thankfully.”
  • “Importance of teaching the unvarnished and full truth and history. Some of my history has been white washed. Accurate history is important.”
  • “Important to ask ourselves: What has NOT changed?”
  • “A letter from a parent sparked something — locally and nationally.”

Inquiring Minds

Before the meeting ended, committee members shared questions they like answered to inform reorganization planning. Questions will be answered during upcoming meetings.

Questions included:

  • How many/what percentage of the facilities are severely under enrolled?
  • How is IPS monitoring proficiency across schools/subgroups?
  • Are there plans to set/adjust Board goals (50% ILEARN pass rate) seeing as though the Board set these prior to the release of ILEARN?
  • What percentage of teachers received satisfactory ratings from the 2020–21 school year?
  • What percentage of leaders received satisfactory ratings from the 2020–21 school year?
  • What percentage of IPS school buildings have low enrollment? How low is low?
  • Do we have data on college completion for IPS graduates? Please disaggregate by race, school, ELL, SPED, and other relevant demographics.
  • Which IPS and Innovation Network schools are the most expensive (per pupil) to operate and why?
  • What are the choice versus neighborhood parent communication strategies?
  • What is the facility comparison with neighborhood versus choice schools?
  • Is another referendum possible for an increase in funding?
  • What are the technology compatibility phases?
  • Does the ILEARN data include Innovation schools?
  • What is the composite score rating?
  • Will IPS be able to actually fund an equitable education and experience for all scholars?
  • What is the impact of the IndyGo partnership on students? Is it a good idea?
  • Does the student experience include all students connected to IPS (Innovation and all others in partnership)?

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