The first forum for candidates seeking election to the Indianapolis Public Schools’ Board of School Commissioners was held Saturday by a group often critical of the district’s policies.
A member of the nonprofit IPS Community Coalition (IPSCC) interviewed most of the candidates one-on-one in a series of Facebook Live videos. The IPSCC will later announce which candidates it will endorse in the November election.
The big picture: Candidates are concerned about the learning loss of students during the pandemic and how it will be addressed, especially for children of color who make up the majority of district and students with disabilities. They also agreed racial equity must be the focus for IPS to make new policies and invest in improving neighborhood schools. Candidates were divided on whether they believe district leadership and the school board is overly influenced by outside, privately owned groups, such as the nonprofit school reform organizations