Parents, superintendents discuss education

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – History was made in Indianapolis Saturday morning.

For the first time,  the superintendents of five public school districts in Marion County are African American. For the first time, they sat down with parents and each other to talk about the challenges facing their districts.

Much of the focus Saturday morning was on helping equip parents with the tools they need to make their child successful.

Parents agree it starts at home.

“I would like to encourage the parents of our community to be involved in our schools and attend all the parental meetings you can go to, be friends with the teachers and the staff so that when a problem arises, whether they’re falling behind or they need to be challenged, you know exactly who to go to to get those things taken care of,” Kasha Hayden told 24-Hour News 8.

Superintendents Dr. Nate Jones, Dr. Shawn Smith, Dr. Nikki Woodson, Dr. Dena Cushenberry and Dr. Lewis Ferebee led breakout sessions with parents and educators.

They talked about anything from parental support and sharing their voice to preparations for college.

“Nationally, the achievement gap between minority and non minority students, particularly black and white students is provincial and has been for some time. I believe this is a proactive approach, we’re not just talking about the gap, we’re doing something about it.”

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