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Public school funding, higher ed, Prescott, Arizona Interfaith
NAIC Pushes for Investment in Arizona Public Schools
Friday, August 12, 2016
200 Northern Arizona Interfaith Council (NAIC) leaders, with the Prescott College Social Justice Human Rights Program, assembled with all six candidates of Arizona Legislative District 1 to push for increased funding of public schools across the state. Said Tom Benson, “If we want our community and state to be a desirable place to work, raise a family, as well a retire it must be supported by a strong education system from ....
Youth Programming, City Budget, Rob English
BUILD Preserves $4.2 Million in Investments in Families and Youth
Friday, June 17, 2016
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council leaders reached a budget deal Friday, likely averting a threatened government shutdown and preserving $4.2 million in funding for children and teens....BUILD rallied hundreds to protest the mayor's proposed spending plan that would have cut $4.2 million from youth programs. English commended Young and Councilwoman Helen Holton, the budget committee chairwoman, for taking a stand against it.
LAUSD, Broad Foundation, Charter Schools, Public Schools
One LA Leaders Denounce Broad Plan for School Privatization
Thursday, February 11, 2016
After welcoming new Superintendent Michelle King to the first LAUSD Board meeting of the year, One LA leaders delivered a strident statement in support of public education and against the Broad Foundation's charter expansion plan. Leaders earned significant audience applause after emphasizing no plan should "ever refer to our children as 'market share....'"
Child Safety, School Buses, Traffic, Keisha Krumm
Common Ground's Focus on Kid Safety Turns to School Buses
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & More
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Palo Alto College, Texas IAF, Workforce Development, higher ed
Express-News Recognizes COPS as Impetus for Palo Alto College
San Antonio Express News
Monday, July 20, 2015
At the first convention of Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) in 1974, Fernando Rodriguez Jr. introduced a resolution to open a community college on the West Side or South Side. Berriozábal remembers the idea of such a college was a hard sell for local officials....
South Bronx Churches, Metro IAF, Education, Public Schools, Teacher Development
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina Takes Questions From Parents, Educators at Packed Bronx Forum
NY Daily News
Friday, May 29, 2015
From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.
They traveled from as near as Mott Hall Science and Technology in the South Bronx and from as far away as Bushwick, Brooklyn, to drill Chancellor Carmen Fariña on hot-topic issues like the expansion of the city’s gifted and talented programs, teacher evaluations and school performance.
Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Houston, Willie Bennett, urban school reform
TMO Lyons Elementary Parents Prevail Over Rezoning Plan
Friday, May 15, 2015
Lyons Elementary parents won an 8 – 1 Houston Independent School District board vote against proposed boundary changes to their school. The changes would have sent students from one of the top ranked schools in the state to one ranked in the lowest 18% statewide....
Public Education, Nevada IAF, Organizing in Las Vegas, Tax Reform
Economic Alliance Partners w/NCG: YES on Business Tax for Schools
Las Vegas Sun & Las Vegas Review Journal
Friday, March 20, 2015
Calling this "a historic opportunity to improve our public schools and invest in our children,” 'Nevadans for the Common Good’ voted, along with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, to support Governor Sandoval's business tax proposal aimed at improving public schools across the state.
Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, School Reform, Willie Bennett
TMO Parent Leaders Protest HISD Rezoning Plan & Get Vote Delayed
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
TMO leaders and parents of children attending Lyons Elementary held a pre-board meeting press conference to detail their concerns about the latest HISD proposal to rezone elementary schools. Rosa Rivera argued that a plan to shift new students to nearby elementary schools would negatively impact her children...
school funding, Arizona IAF, community organizing in Arizona, Joe Rubio
VIP Wins $26.6 Million for Tempe & Scottsdale Public Schools
Valley Interfaith Project
Friday, February 6, 2015
Phoenix, AZ – 200 Valley Interfaith Project delegates assembled after the fall 2014 election to celebrate the leveraging of $26.6 Million in public school dollars for Tempe Elementary and Scottsdale Unified School Districts. Leaders achieved this by...
Clean Air, Environmental Cleanup, organizing in pomona, California IAF
ICON Wins School Board Commitment to Cleaner Schoolbuses
Friday, February 6, 2015
ICON and its ‘Clean & Green’ team leveraged commitments from three board members of the Pomona Unified School District to begin to eliminate the use of diesel buses in favor of cleaner alternatives. Leaders made the case against...
Head Start, Transportation, Jobs, Board of Education
PATH Asks BOE to Improve Head Start Transportation
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
"My boss told me I need to choose between my children and my job," Martinez said Tuesday during a forum People Acting Together in Howard, or PATH, held to urge board of education and county executive candidates to support PATH initiatives. Among those initiatives are bringing Head Start transportation under the auspices of the Howard County Public School System transportation department.
PATH is a countywide...
Child Poverty, Mayoral Race, Immigration, Affordability, Secure Communities
Austin Interfaith Challenges Mayoral Candidates to Address Child Poverty
Austin Monitor & Austin Chronicle
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Decrying a municipal child poverty rate of 30% that overshadows even Texas' overall poverty rate, 300 Austin Interfaith leaders confronted candidates with the challenge of investing more in early education and supports for families, in addition to affordability in the City. More below.
California IAF, Community Organizing in Salinas, Acosta Plaza, CHISPA, Tim McManus
COPA Leaders Break Ground for Basketball Court in Salinas, CA
Friday, August 15, 2014
The story, according to Bibiana Alcala, involves an important first phone call. ”Once our residents said they wanted a basketball court….we contacted COPA.”
COPA leaders and their young children celebrated the breaking of ground at Acosta Plaza with shovels, stories and speeches....
VOICE, Community Organizing in Oklahoma, OEA, State Superintendent, Kris King
OK State Supt. Overthrown; Voters Back VOICE Friendly Candidates
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
State Superintendent candidates that skipped VOICE-OKC's assembly earlier this month are probably regretting that move. Tuesday election results showed that the two candidates that blew off VOICE's 1,500 leader assembly lost their primaries by huge margins.
Westchester United, Community Organizing in New York, Community Organizing in Westchester, New York IAF, Kindergarten
Kindergarten Rally Draws 300 to New Rochelle
Lohud Journal News
Monday, June 16, 2014
Last week, supporters of a grass-roots effort to require kindergarten in New York rallied at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in New Rochelle to call on the state legislators to support a bill that would d just that. The group, Westchester United, drew nearly 300 people to the church to thank state Sen. Jeff Klein for his support for Assembly bill 5786 and Senate bill S5056 and to ask other legislators to follow suit.
VOICE-OKC, Community Organizing in Oklahoma, Community Organizing in OK City, Kris King, State Superintendent
1,500 VOICE-OKC Leaders Challenge OK State Candidates on Schools
Monday, June 9, 2014
After six months of community meetings on high-stakes testing and its many direct and indirect effects on students, parents, and teachers across Oklahoma, 1,500 leaders assembled to share what they learned with candidates for OK State Superintendent.
Community Organizing in Oklahoma, Community Organizing in Oklahoma City, Kris King, Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Black Clergy of VOICE-OKC Challenge Oklahoma State Supt.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
In collaboration with the other member institutions of VOICE-OKC, black clergy issued a public invitation to Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi (and her 6 opponents) to participate in an accountability session over high-stakes testing and the quality of public education in the state...
East Brooklyn Congregations, Community Organizing in New York, Metro IAF, Rev. Hoffman, Adriane Williams
EBC: DeBlasio Administration Should Allocate More to Rehab Parks
NY Daily News
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The mayor's allocation of $80 million in capital funding for neighborhood parks is a good start, but far too many New Yorkers live near parks with dark concrete lots, muddy athletic fields and broken down jungle gyms...
Parks, Recreational Facilities, Wisconsin IAF, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, Community Organizing in Wisconsin
Common Ground Release Video: "Play It Forward"
Common Ground Fair Play Campaign
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Fair Play is a campaign to foster greatness in public spaces. It is Common Ground's position that if public funds are used to build a new Bradley Center arena, then at least $150 million of these funds must be used to improve Milwaukee County public schools athletic facilities and recreational spaces.
Community Organizing in Texas, Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Houston, Bishop Fiorenza, Liz Valdez, Fr. Chris Plant
Archbishop Fiorenza Cheers Church's Work with TMO for Schools
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"I want to ...congratulate parishioners of Divina Providencia Church, its pastor, Father Chris Plant, the parents of the children, and Neighbors in Action for working with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) to keep Port Houston open.
They have demonstrated Pope Francis’ exhortation for parishes to get involved in the community."
higher ed, community college, Economic Development, Lady Carlson, state budget
NCLI Schools Louisiana Public: Education = Jobs + Growth
Friday, February 14, 2014
Leaders from Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith hosted a forum in collaboration with several university presidents in order to build a constituency for state investments in higher education...
Milwaukee, Athletic Facilities, Youth, Common Ground, Organizing in Wisconsin, Keisha Krumm
Common Ground Still Pushing for Better Athletic Facilities
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Monday, January 27, 2014
As work and discussion begin on the arduous and controversial process of planning for a new multipurpose arena or renovating the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Common Ground, a well-organized community organization, is reminding stakeholders of its own mission.
The organization, with members who belong to churches, small businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood groups, says it hasn't wavered from its stand that if public funds are dedicated to a new arena, then at least $150 millon of those funds must be used to improve Milwaukee County public schools athletic facilities and recreational spaces.
Pre-K Funding, Education, Taxes, Inequality, Governor Cuomo, Michael Gecan
Gecan Quoted in NYT Piece on Pre-K Funding
New York Times
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Andrew M. Cuomo arrived at The New York Times in an expansive mood on Wednesday. Reporters being reporters, they barraged him with the usual, “Hey, you going to let New York’s new mayor tax the wealthy in pursuit of prekindergarten” questions....
Lottery Scholarship Fund, College, Public Schools, Kip Bobroff, New Mexico IAF, Social Justice
Albuquerque Interfaith Fights to Save Scholarship Fund
Monday, October 21, 2013
Marta Parra told her oldest daughter she could never go to college because they didn’t have enough money – Parra hadn’t yet heard of the state’s lottery scholarship. Now Parra’s younger daughter, a high school student, may not be able to attend either because the lottery scholarship could be reduced as soon as next year due to insufficient funds.