Education and Youth

Community Organizing in New Mexico, Organizing in Albuquerque, organizing for urban school reform, organizing for public schools

Albuquerque Interfaith Challenges 'Trojan Horses' Undermining Schools

Friday, February 15, 2013
Albuquerque Journal

In the legend of the Trojan horse, Greeks capture Troy not by siege, but by stealth, under the cover of darkness, when raiders hidden in the hollow horse bring its downfall.

This is an apt metaphor for how public education in New Mexico is being privatized.

Albuquerque Interfaith

Organizing in Arizona, organizing in Phoenix, organizing for better neighborhoods, organizing for schools, organizing for children, fighting for libraries, fighting for community pools

VIP Restores $6 Million in Phoenix Budget for Youth & Children

Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Republic

Earlier this year, a faith-based political-action group began putting pressure on Phoenix officials to reinstate some services after noting there was no additional funding planned for after-school programs in the initial version of the city's budget proposal.

Valley Interfaith Project

Education and Youth
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 16:45

VIP Wins $6 Million in Fight for Books, Schools and Pools in Phoenix

When Valley Interfaith Project leaders learned that there was no additional funding planned for after-school programs in the initial version of the city's budget proposal they pressured Phoenix officials to reinstate services for children and youth.  In response to community pressure, officials voted to restore $6 Million in funding for after-school programs, pools and libraries.


Education and Youth
Friday, November 2, 2012 - 22:45

COPS / Metro Alliance Wins $248 Million for Pre-K in San Antonio

One thousand COPS/Metro Alliance leaders from 35 member institutions assembled to support a successful bid for a sales tax increase that would raise $248 Million in funding for Pre-K education in San Antonio over 8 years.  In collaboration with Mayor Julian Castro, COPS / Metro Alliance leaders urged voters to pass the 1/8 cent sales tax increase in order to expand Pre-K through centers located throughout the city.  Institutional leaders organized voter turnout efforts in their congregations and neighborhoods.    


Education and Youth
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 22:15

Jeremiah Group Reforms Advanced Academy Admissions

The Jeremiah Group in New Orleans first brought forth 25 parents with gifted children that had been denied admissions to advanced academies in the Jefferson parish.  After several months of challenging the lack of transparency and irregularities of the admissions process, evidence emerged that school board members wrote letters supporting the admission of certain children, leading the Superintendent to step down.


organizing for urban school reform, organizing in El Paso, organizing in Texas, IAF, organizing for better schools, educational justice

EPISO Challenges School Spending and Representational Disparities

Thursday, July 19, 2012
El Paso Times

Before the board meeting on Wednesday, the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization, or EPISO, and the Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project argued that the district’s at-large elected board does not ensure equal representation throughout the communities it serves.

EPISO

organizing for urban school reform, Pre-K, Voter Engagement, organizing in San Antonio, organizing in Texas, IAF

COPS / Metro Alliance Rallies in Support of Successful Bond for Pre-K

Monday, October 22, 2012
San Antonio Express-News
Approximately 1,000 people representing 35 church, school and union groups under the umbrella nonprofit Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, held their own press conference and publicly committed to backing Pre-K 4 SA.  
Cops/ Metro Alliance

Education and Youth
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 21:15

Alliance Schools Strategy a Success

The Alliance Schools Initiative grew out of relationships between member institutions in the local Texas IAF organizations and public schools in their neighborhoods.


organizing for urban school reform, organizing in El Paso, organizing in Texas, educational justice, educational equity, school funding

EPISO Leverages Commitments for Equity in School Funding

Monday, October 29, 2012
El Paso Times

More than 200 leaders of El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization assembled to challenge Clint Independent School District board candidates to “eliminate all disparities in per student funding throughout the district if elected….Challenge

EPISO

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