Aside from pastors, Jackson said a key partner in the coalition's work locally would be Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White, who has met twice with Jackson in recent weeks to talk about raising parental involvement in schools.
IPS will adopt Rainbow/ PUSH's six-point plan for parents: the Million Parent Pledge. The pledge asks parents to vow, among other things, that they will exchange phone numbers with their child's teachers and personally pick up their child's report card.
White said IPS may go a step further and encourage parents to monitor grades online. White said he is eager for Jackson's involvement, particularly as the civil rights leader has placed greater emphasis in recent years on education.
"I think he sees that all of the gains they have worked for in civil rights can go by the wayside if we don't get these kids educated," White said. "What good is it to have the right to vote if you don't have the sense to go out and vote?"
So Supt. White thinks that the man on Sunday who said he wanted to cut off the nuts of a would-be president is part of the solution for IPS? Think again, Supt. White. Number one, you risk alienating many non-African-American Indianapolis parents who find Jackson to be a divisive race-baiter. Number two, Jackson is a hard-charging partisan. He can't give a speech without talking about politics. At one point earlier in his career, Jackson used to occasionally support Republicans, but these days, he's just an extension of the Democratic Party. Number three, Jackson is a divider, not a uniter. I had high hopes for Supt. White when he first took the reins of IPS, but I"m quickly losing faith in him. IPS cannot succeed if it continues pursue policies which limit its reach to one demographic.