Indy schools go viral with community Twitter chat

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public Schools is modernizing under the wing of its new Superintendent and Tuesday night, the district will host its first-ever Twitter chat.

The chat is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening. You should use the hashtag #YVOP, short for “Your Voice, Our Plan.”

The district will tweet out questions to community members, whether they have kids in IPS or not.

“We just want to try and reach as many people as possible,” IPS Web and Social Media Coordinator Kerri Richardson said.

A lot of organizations and people are on board, including Colts’ tight end Dwayne Allen.

The Indiana State Teachers’ Association, though, came out this week questioning Ferebee’s plan.

“We’re very concerned for what it could potentially do for the community schools concept,” ISTA President Teresa Meredith said.

Meredith took issue with the, “Your Voice, Our Plan,” slogan.

“That’s a red flag to me. To invite me to a conversation and yet already have your mind made up, you’re not really wanting to hear what I have to say,” Meredith said.

Still, Richardson said the district is listening to everyone’s point of view and wants to hear from everyone they can possibly reach.

Community organization Nine13 Sports also spoke out, supporting the direction IPS is moving in under Dr. Ferebee.

“It’s a totally different district than it was two years ago and we value them as our most important program partner,” Executive Director Tom Hanley said.

If you’d like to get in on the conversation outside of the Twitter chat, Dr. Ferebee will hold a town hall meeting on February 13 at University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Center at 6 p.m.