Mind Trust receives $3 million grant from Fairbanks

The Mind Trust education reform group will receive $3 million more from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to launch new public schools, attract teachers to Indianapolis and advance changes in K-12 schools.

The two Indianapolis-based organizations announced the latest grant Tuesday morning.

“This award comes as The Mind Trust is gearing up to aggressively launch a new set of innovative, high-performing schools over the next few years, and the foundation will be a key partner in this important work,” said David Harris, CEO of the Mind Trust, in a written statement.

The Fairbanks Foundation has been a regular supporter of the Mind Trust, donating $2.4 million to the group in 2012 and helping to fund a charter school incubator the Mind Trust started that same year.

“The mission of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people, and support efforts to significantly improve academic outcomes for Indianapolis students in our K-12 public education system is one of our primary goals,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, CEO of the Fairbanks Foundation.

Fiddian-Green was the president of the Mind Trust in 2010 and 2011, before she served as director of the state charter school board and as an education adviser to Gov. Mike Pence.

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