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In the News


School Education Data, urban school reform, New York IAF

Manhattan Together, So. Bronx Churches Fight for Better School Data

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
New York Daily News & More

On March 19th, over 400 Manhattan Together (MT) and South Bronx Churches (SBC) leaders gathered with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to push the City Government for action to improve their broken Special Education data system and to push for more repairs in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments. The Comptroller also promised to work together to expand programs for children with Autism and ensure new potential funding for NYCHA is paired with accountability to make sure the money helps tenants.  

New leaders also presented the organizations' campaigns on immigration and homelessness. So far in 2017, MT and SBC have held two legal clinics and four know your rights sessions, connecting with over 500 immigrants and their families. New immigrant leaders who have come forward through these sessions are helping to shape our April 30th Action with NYPD Commissioner O'Neill and work beyond that.

The Assembly was covered by the New York Daily News1010 Wins, and The Villager.


school funding, Baltimore City Schools, Councilman Jack Young

BUILD Secures $70 M Commitment for Baltimore City Schools Funding Gap

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
WBALTV

In alliance with principals and schools across the City, BUILD won an additional commitment of $10 million in funding, bringing the total to $70 million BUILD has organized to close the $130 million gap in school funding.

Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, along with 11 other city council representatives, announced the additional commitment of $10 million at a BUILD and Baltimoreans for Educational Equity action of 900 parents, teachers and principals. This follows commitments from Baltimore Mayor and State Legislature to provide $60 million to fix the gap.


New Mexico IAF, Albuquerque Interfaith, Alliance Schools, accountability

Albuquerque Interfaith Advances Alliance Schools in Accountability Meeting

Sunday, January 29, 2017
FOX-KRQUE

Following last year’s victory in helping pass a $575 Million bond package for local public schools, just part of the $2.5 Billion Albuquerque Interfaith has helped leverage since 2002, leaders are now fighting to implement school reforms.

120 leaders assembled with 11 of 16 Albuquerque Public School board candidates for a civic academy on Alliance Schools, small group conversations and pointed questions to the candidates about supporting the development of Alliance Schools in the district.  To the person, each of the participating candidates pledged to directly support Alliance Schools and to help build support with the Superintendent.


Arizona Interfaith, Arizona IAF, Public school funding, teacher pay

VIP Fights for State Funding of Public Schools

Monday, January 23, 2017
Arizona Education News Service

In 2016, VIP and Arizona Interfaith leaders led the fight for school and health funding for Arizona children, both for Kidcare(children’s health insurance) and school finance in key legislative districts, including District 28 in North Phoenix and Paradise Valley, District 6 in Flagstaff and District 1 in Prescott.

As part of the statewide effort to reverse disinvestment in Arizona public schools, two teachers presented Governor Doug Ducey with a joint statement calling for increases in teachers’ salaries.  The joint statement was supported and signed by leaders of Arizona Interfaith, nonprofits and state associations of educators, business, administrators and PTAs.


Public school funding, higher ed, Prescott, Arizona Interfaith

NAIC Pushes for Investment in Arizona Public Schools

Friday, August 12, 2016
Daily Courier

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
Baltimore Sun

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
One LA

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

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & More

...specifically, letting school buses halt traffic when picking up and dropping off children at scheduled stops.

Coverage also here: 

Neighborhood News Service

CBS 58

Telemundo (Spanish)

 


Palo Alto College, Texas IAF, Workforce Development, higher ed

Express-News Recognizes COPS as Impetus for Palo Alto College

Monday, July 20, 2015
San Antonio Express News

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

Friday, May 29, 2015
NY Daily News

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.

Chalkbeat story here.

Daily News Editorial here.

 


Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Houston, Willie Bennett, urban school reform

TMO Lyons Elementary Parents Prevail Over Rezoning Plan

Friday, May 15, 2015
Houston Chronicle

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

Friday, March 20, 2015
Las Vegas Sun & Las Vegas Review Journal

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
Houston Chronicle

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

Friday, February 6, 2015
Valley Interfaith Project

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
Daily Bulletin

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
Baltimore Sun

"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

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Austin Monitor & Austin Chronicle

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 Californian

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
Various

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

Monday, June 16, 2014
Lohud Journal News

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
Fox News

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
The Oklahoman

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

Sunday, May 18, 2014
NY Daily News

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"

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Common Ground Fair Play Campaign

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
Houston Chronicle

"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."


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