With an unprecedented alignment of state, municipal, and school efforts to create city-wide change, the educational outlook in Indianapolis at this moment is one of great hope. In 2011, the Indiana state legislature passed one of the most comprehensive packages of education legislation in the country’s history—creating a climate of innovation at the school and district level. At the city level, Teach For America alumnus Jason Kloth (Rio Grande Valley Corps '03) was named the first deputy mayor of education in 2012.
Innovative schools like KIPP Indy College Prep, Harshman Magnet Middle School, and the Avondale Meadows Academy, all of which have many staff members that are Teach For America alumni and corps members, are quickly becoming some of the highest-performing schools in the city. One out of every six principals in Center Township is a TFA alum.
And in the community, there are a wide range of organizations that are mobilizing parents, teachers, civic leaders, nonprofits, corporations, and foundations around a shared vision for change. Indianapolis is deeply committed to expanding quality educational options for students at every level.