To build awareness among community leaders of the issues facing public education in Indianapolis, The Mind Trust in 2013 convened the Lewis Hubbard Group, a group of civic leaders under the leadership of City-County Councilor Maggie Lewis, one of the city’s highest ranking Democrats, and Al Hubbard, a Republican businessman and former senior Bush Administration official.
The Lewis Hubbard Group established four key policy priorities around which to anchor its work, including:
The Lewis Hubbard Group has achieved significant influence on education policy since its launch. Its chief accomplishment has been raising awareness among the public and key political leaders about the vast number of underutilized facilities within the IPS district. Within months of building awareness, the Indiana state legislature passed Public Law 1321, which in addition to addressing underperforming schools in IPS via the creation of Innovation Network Schools, provides a mechanism for tackling the challenge of underused facilities.