Indianapolis Public Schools is amping up its efforts to get parents more involved in school thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment.
The $505,000 grant will go to the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation, which will use the funds to support the Stand for Children parent education programs. In addition to its political work, Stand for Children runs parent empowerment classes each year at several schools in the district that teach parents how to work with teachers and principals to make sure their children are on track for college. It began working with IPS in 2014.
“Stand Indiana has a unique and effective program to engage parents as advocates for educational excellence,” Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said in a statement. “We look forward to hearing the voices of these families as we shape our continuous improvement.”