IPS will highlight plan to turn district around at free community events

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 28, 2015) -- In a big week for Indianapolis Public Schools, the district handed out raises to teachers and unveiled an ambitious plan to turn things around.

The kindergartners at School 15 may not know it yet, but what they're doing in the classroom is the first step in setting up a bright future.

In charge of that future is Principal Teresa Baker, who has seen a lot change in IPS during her 30 years in the district.

"It's not just talk. ... I think it’s an exciting time, I think the district is really looking at what our students and families need," Baker said.

The latest change comes in the form of both teacher raises and a strategic plan to turn the district around. The school board approved both at a meeting Thursday night.

Some of the changes laid out in the eight-page plan include re-allocating funding and resources across all schools, asking families what they think schools need, improving employee recruitment and "making a 200 percent increase in educator diversity to mirror the student population."

If you go out in the community, you'll also find people hoping IPS can finally change. Leon Taylor is one of them -- the barbershop owner will host a block party Saturday outside his shop at 31st and Sherman. The party is one of several events IPS will hold to try and get the plan to the people in the community.

"IPS has been here for years and years and years and ... I’m thinking they’re changing it so people enjoy going to IPS," Taylor said.

Anyone can attend the block party from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, August 29.

To view the full strategic plan, go to the link here.

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