Abdul At Large
Not Much “Community” in this Coalition
Although much of my time has been consumed by May primary, I still try to keep tabs on other things taking place in the city. One of which is Indianapolis Public Schools and a “grassroots” organization that calls itself the IPS Community Coalition (IPSCC).
In case you never heard of them, and if you have I would be shocked, the IPSCC is a group that has dedicated itself to calling out IPS’ current management and they hate all things charter, innovation school, education reform, etc.
And what’s really ironic about this group is that it is mostly a bunch of white liberals who are telling poor and working-class black parents that they should not have access to a quality education. Some of the leaders don’t even have kids in the IPS system and one of them teaches in a charter school. You figure that out.
I bring this up because I’ve been pretty rough on these guys in the past and I wanted to give them a break, so I attended a community forum they had this weekend on west 38th street. I was not impressed.
Not only were there less than two dozen people there, most of them were the usual suspects who show up at these events. They also presented some very suspect data to make their case against IPS. And to top it off, Diane Arnold, a long-time IPS school board was in attendance and she was not allowed to offer any explanations for why things happen the way they do in the district. And that was enough for me.
After spending about an hour with these people, I decided I had better things to do with my time, like head off to free comic day at my local comic store. These people were not worth my time. And I can assure you, they are not worth yours.