State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett and Indiana Pacers Center Jeff Foster Monday launched Indiana’s Parent Pledge for schools at a signing ceremony inside Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Dr. Bennett says the pledge aims to increase parent engagement and enhance academic collaboration between parents and teachers.
"Education cannot end when the final bell rings and the car-pool line forms. Kids must go home to environments that reinforce key academic lessons and support positive classroom behavior," Dr. Bennett said.
Foster, entering his 12th season with the Indiana Pacers, was the first parent in the state to sign the pledge.
"I am excited to make this pledge to my children and their teachers. It’s so important that all parents make this commitment so that our kids know they have support and encouragement at home as well as in the classroom," Foster said.
More than 80 schools have signed up to pilot the pledge in Hoosier classrooms, where parents promise to back principles such as reading every day, homework completion, and school attendance.
Throughout the year, IDOE will honor schools and educators using the pledge as a way to engage more parents in school communities across the state.
The pledge can be signed in person or online at www.doe.in.gov/parentpledge.