Perspectives in Education: Mary Nolan


Editor's Note: This week the NUVO news desk received

the following letter to the editor from the Greater Indianapolis NAACP. To those interested in education reform within

the city, the time is now to engage in the greater debate about how we can

improve Indy's educational landscape. Please note the list of community

discussions highlighted below. In addition, we've experienced a lull in submissions to our Perspectives in Education Series over the past few weeks. We hope the community - particularly anyone holding positions of educational leadership or (better yet) ACTUAL STUDENTS - will send new submissions. The goal is to publish a fresh entry each Thursday. Thank you for your consideration.

Letter to the Editor

Re: "WhatsPossibleIndy" community conversations on Education

From: Greater Indianapolis NAACP, Branch #3053

Date: August 13, 2012

The Greater

Indianapolis NAACP Education Committee encourages all in the Indianapolis

community to participate in one of the scheduled community conversations on

education, being supported by the NAACP, Dr. Eugene White, Mind Trust, UNCF,

the Mayor's Office, Urban League, Stand for Children, and almost 90 other

partnering organizations. Certainly there may be legitimate concerns about the integrity of such conversations

at this time. However, as one of

our well-known and respected legislators has said to us all, "If you are

not at the table, you are on the menu." Such is why your local NAACP has chosen

to be one of the initial planning team partners.


of some possible differences with the mission and local/national actions of

some of the planning partners, keep in mind that this is an opportunity due to

the available resources being provided, to make our voices heard. For Indianapolis, this is a rare


Go to the "" website

and find a date and location that works for you. Or respond through video on

the website and/or respond to the posted questionnaire. If you feel

that there needs to be more emphasis on equity, less emphasis on standardized

testing, a moratorium and greater accountability with charter schools, more

cultural responsiveness, more state responsibility for all children to start

school with the same opportunities for success, more support for community

schools, that these conversations should be extended to all Marion County

schools rather than just IPS, or whatever your concerns might be, make them

known. If you don't see the

questions that you are looking for, just state your concerns for the record,

anyway. This is so critical in

order to save the children of our beloved Indianapolis community. Solutions to the problems that we did

not create should not be left to the politics of power, status, and wealth.


Chrystal Ratcliffe, Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch President


Barclay, Education Committee Chairperson


Craig, Education Committee Co-Chairperson


Office - 300 East Fall Creek Pkwy, N. Dr.


Indiana 46205

Office phone – 925-5127


The following series of public

conversations is focused on the following three core questions:

How can we

ensure that all kids in IPS have access to a high-quality preschool program?

What is a

great school and how do we ensure all schools are great for children?

How can we

ensure neighborhoods have equitable access to great schools and diverse options

to meet student needs?


Conversation - Goodwill Industries

Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Date: Aug. 16, 2012

Place: Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana

1635 West Michigan St

Indianapolis, IN 46222


Conversation - Southeast Community Services

Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Date: Aug. 16, 2012

Place: Southeast Community Services

901 S. Shelby St.,

Second Floor Senior Center

Indianapolis, IN 46203


Conversation - Kaleidoscope Center

Time: 7:30pm- 9:00pm

Date: Aug. 22, 2012

Place: Kaleidoscope Youth Center

4186 North Broadway Street

Indianapolis, IN 46205


Event - Youth Focus Group

Time: 12:00pm- 1:30pm

Date: Aug. 23, 2012


Conversation - Purpose of Life

Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Date: Aug. 23, 2012

Place: Purpose of Life

3705 Kessler Blvd N Dr

Indianapolis, IN 46222


Conversation - Englewood Christian Church

Time: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Date: Aug. 25, 2012

Place: Englewood Christian Church

57 N. Rural Street

Indianapolis, IN 46201


Event - Parent Focus Group

Time: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Date: Aug. 25, 2012

Place: John H. Boner Community Center

2236 E 10th St

Indianapolis, IN 46201


Conversation - United Way of Central Indiana

Time: 8:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.

Date: Aug. 30, 2012

Place: United Way of Central Indiana

3901 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208-0409


Conversation - Eagle Library

Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Date: Aug. 30, 2012

Place: Eagle Library

3325 Lowry Road

Indianapolis, IN 46222


Conversation - IU School of Education/Center on Urban & Multicultural

Education, IUPUI

Time: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Date: Sep. 05, 2012

Place: IU School of Education - IUPUI

902 West New York Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Event - Youth Focus Group

Time: 3 p.m.- 4:30p.m.

Date: Sep. 6, 2012


Conversation - New Era Baptist Church

Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Date: Sept. 6, 2012

Place: New Era Baptist Church

517 West 30th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208


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