Updates and Upcoming Events at IFI: Hoosier Leadership Series, John Kluge Update, and Parent Group Training

We wanted to touch base with you regarding some important updates and upcoming events that we have here at IFI. 

Hoosier Leadership Series 

The Hoosier Leadership Series, IFI’s signature leadership training program, is set to begin on April 27th. This program offers professionals like you the unique opportunity to interact with top state and national leaders, subject matter experts, and other conservative leaders from around the state of Indiana. The monthly day-long sessions offer leadership skills training, critical thinking, and in-depth engagement on today’s hottest topics in the public and private sectors.

With a special “who’s who” of speakers and subject matter experts, combined with a trip to Washington, D.C., the Hoosier Leadership Series seeks to educate Indiana leaders on policy and culture. If you want to make a difference, then join the movement and sign up here

John Kluge update 

In addition, I wanted to update you on a recent development in our ongoing fight for the rights of Christian teachers. Unfortunately, John Kluge lost his appeal in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. John was a music teacher in Brownsburg, Indiana, who refused to use preferred pronouns for students identifying as transgender. He was fired for this refusal, and we have been fighting for his right to freedom of speech and conscience through our 5 Freedoms Project ever since. 

During the initial stages of Brownsburg’s decision to encourage students with gender confusion to transition, IFI took proactive steps to support concerned parents, conservative school board candidates, and teachers such as John Kluge. Through the 5 Freedoms Project, we equipped and organized parents to oppose the school district’s policy and provided education and training to conservative school board candidates to aid them in their campaigns to preserve traditional values. Furthermore, we closely collaborated with John Kluge, providing him with PR training and advice to navigate the public attention that came with his decision to stand against the school district’s policy. In addition, we secured legal representation for John through our 5 Freedoms Project for his state case and later through our national legal partners at ADF for his federal case. 

We are deeply disappointed by the 7th Circuit’s decision, but we remain committed to fighting for the rights of Christian teachers like John. We hope that the US Supreme Court will eventually address the issue of government coercion of speech to safeguard the rights of conscience for Christian teachers. IFI has partnered with ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) on the Kluge case, and you can read more about it in this article.

Attention, Parents: join us for this training! 

Finally, I want to inform you about an upcoming event that may interest you. IFI is hosting a parent group training to help parents, teachers, and others committed to their local school districts push back on the politicization of local schools. This training is for those who are ready to take action and make a difference in their local communities. You will have a chance to collaborate and network with other conservatives from around Indiana and be offered resources to help you start and/or grow your group. 

The details for the training are: 

WHAT: Parent Group Training  

WHEN: Friday, May 12th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM  

WHERE: The Balmoral House (10101 Hamilton Hills Lane, Fishers IN 46038) 

COST: $15 which includes a catered lunch. Parking is free and on site. 

If you are interested in attending the training, register at this link. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for your support of IFI and our mission to protect and defend traditional family values in Indiana.