Grassroots Education Network- August 2022 Newsletter
The NPE Grassroots Education Network is a network of over 185 grassroots organizations nationwide that have joined together to preserve, promote, improve, and strengthen our public schools. If you know of a group that would like to join this powerful network, please go here to sign on.
If you have any questions about the NPE Grassroots Education Network, please contact Marla Kilfoyle, NPE Grassroots Education Network Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from Marla
Save the Date for the 2023 Network for Public Education Conference.
Save the Date! NPE’s Tenth Anniversary Conference. October 28-29 2023 at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC! Details to follow on our website.
NPE Offers Training and Support on Model Legislation
Every legislative season brings new attacks on our public schools. Last year, the Network for Public Education worked with grassroots groups opposing charter and voucher expansion. Working together, we often achieved success. This year we want to expand those efforts. Not only do we want to help our friends to oppose bad privatization legislation, but we also want to promote good legislation that reins in charter schools and voucher expansion. To that end, we will create model legislation for friendly legislators to promote.
If your group would like to join us in these efforts, we need to lay the groundwork now so that we will be ready to hit the ground running when the new legislative season begins. We will provide model bills and promotional materials. We will also meet with your team to develop resources to fight privatization bills when they come up. Resources will include letter campaigns, strategy sessions, model letters to the editor, and op-eds. Of course, all of these services will be free of charge.
If you are interested, please fill out this form
Network for Public Education uncovered a right-wing defense firm called the Pacific Legal Foundation has teamed up with the Michigan charter lobby and The Thomas B. Fordham Institute to stop the reasonable Charter School Program rules of the U.S. Department of Education. They want more low-quality schools to get charters and for the money to keep flowing to the many for-profits in their states. To learn more read here. Defending the Early Years Kisha Reid talks with long-time early childhood educator and author of Illuminating Care Carol Garboden Murray. Their discussion was centered around keeping the CARE in child care. In The Public Interest Jeremy Mohler will be on a panel at the MediaFest Convention in October. Jeff Bryant will also be sitting on the panel which will discuss the privatization of public services. Go here for more information. The Journey for Justice Alliance wants you to mark your calendar for Sept 24th for the road to Equity Quality of Life Festival. Registration is here. The Schott Foundation will be celebrating 30 years of their work for racial and education justice. To learn more about their virtual celebration go to their website. Be sure to keep up with the latest on testing by reading the Fairtest newsletter. Rethinking Schools celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth this month.
The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy is a national coalition of parents and advocates who would defend the rights of parents and students to protect their data. Head to their website for great resources on how you can protect student data and privacy. Parents for Public Schools, Inc. released the latest edition of their July Clearinghouse which focuses on “Responsibility & Accountability in Public Education. This issue explores how parents have a vested interest in public schools and explores questions like: How do parents define success for their children? What do parents think about their child(ren)’s public school(s)? What political pressures are trying to influence parents about public schools? Parents Across America has a fantastic website full of resources for parents across the country.
The Badass Teachers Association (BATs) members reject racially and socially oppressive profit-driven education reform. To learn more about their work visit their website. Trinational Coalition to Defend Public Education (USA) has a public Facebook group that features information from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. about how communities are navigating the worldwide COVID crisis. The Ontario (Canada) Secondary School Teachers Federation President Karen Littlewood sat down with Breakfast Television this month to give key updates amidst bargaining and the government outlining their plan for back-to-school. She spoke on #RepealBill124, how the Ford government is sitting on $1 billion of unspent federal money for public education, and how the throne speech and budget show a lack of respect for education and workers. Support Our Students Alberta Communications Director Wing Li was quoted in this article about returning back to school and the COVID Vaccine for children under 5. Wear Red for Ed has an active open Facebook page that tracks the Red for Ed movement nationwide. Uniting to Save Our Schools (USOS) has published inspirational videos from the National Day of Teaching Truth. You can view those videos here. First Focus Campaign for Children Fact Sheet shows that voters strongly support making investments in children and grandchildren. Kinderchat continues to host its popular Twitter chat every Monday at 9 PM EST. The chats are informative and provide great resources for teaching kindergartners. Check them out on Twitter at #Kinderchat. Kinderchat also has a fantastic website full of resources. Instituto Nueva Escuela welcomed Montessori Families to a new school year. Fairplay is asking the public to contact their Senators to pass COPPA and KOSA to protect kids online. To learn about this campaign go here.
Equal Opportunity Schools Equal Opportunity collaborates with school districts to increase equitable enrollment in rigorous courses. To learn more about their work go here. Uniting for Children and Youth (Canada) are concerned citizens of Ottawa-Outaouais. Their mission is to build awareness of how we can make life better for children and youth. Head over to their open Facebook page to keep up with news, and events, from Canada. To keep up with what The National Educators United are doing be sure to visit their website. Saphron Initiative held a webinar on education technology inequity late last month with Principal Derek Anderson and a panel of youth organizers. Be sure to visit their Twitter feed for upcoming events.
Please use this clearinghouse of information to inform people in the various states about the NPE Grassroots Education Network organizations. Please encourage people to join them and support their work! Call family, friends, and colleagues to join the fight to save public education. This section is also a place to get great ideas on organizing and actions.
SOS (Support our Students) shares information about the Corporate Education Reform movement and Common Core. Be sure to visit their Facebook page for updated information.
Grassroots Arkansas is a coalition of activist dedicated to fighting for an equitable Central Arkansas. They want to bring an end to social, economic, political injustice and inequality by transforming the power relations and structures that create and hold them in place. They place education at the democratic center of this struggle that reaches every aspect of our lives. To learn more about their work visit their website.
Voices for Education is working hard to update the public on news regarding public education in Arizona. Be sure to visit Arizonans for Charter School Accountability website that offers resources that compare charter school and public school spending. Save Our Schools Arizona continue their powerful Stop Voucher Expansion campaign this month. Arizona Educators United #RedForEd movement is about educators coming together in solidarity for students, schools, colleagues, and communities to fight for the schools our students deserve. This core group developed an 8-week organizing blitz, in coordination with the Arizona Education Association (AEA), and successfully built escalating actions that were organized by over 2,000 volunteers and/or local union reps (liaisons) at 1,200 school sites across the state. To learn more about their work visit their website.
California Educators United is a rank and file-led network of educators and supporters of public education. They are part of the movement for racial equity and social justice, fully funded public education through progressive taxation, and pro-public education and anti-privatization. To follow their movements, go here. The Public Core program, Between Two Teachers, is informative. To view all their archived programs, go here. The Association of RAZA Educators is located in Los Angeles. If you live in the area and are interested in joining their monthly meetings go here. Bay Area Collective Keeping Privatizers Away from Community Schools (BACKPACS) is an organization dedicated to strengthening and protecting public education in the Bay Area. Go here to follow what they are working on. Educators for Democratic Schools-Oakland open Facebook page reports all that is happening in the Oakland Unified School District. Parents Supporting Teachers has a very active Twitter account that highlights all the work they do in LAUSD and that posts events happening for children and their families. The San Francisco Berniecrats Education Justice Committee stood in opposition to the actions and tactics of the SF Redistricting Task Force, who have continued to create maps that blatantly tear apart marginalized communities across their City. Read the statement from their Executive Board. At Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco General Meeting last month Colby Franklin—Education Administrator for the California Department of Education was one of the special guests.
Pueblo Education Coalition’s goal is to represent educators, parents, community members, students, and all stakeholders towards positive change for Pueblo’s public education. To keep up with their movements, go here. Taxpayers for Public Education works hard to stop voucher expansion in Colorado. To keep up with their work be sure to visit their website. Our Denver Our Schools joined the network this month. To learn about their work go here.
Connecticut Public Schools Advocates Children are Connecticut families and educators advocating for safe, equitable, fully funded public schools. Go to their open Facebook page to see what they are working on. Children Are More Than Test Scores has a vibrant open Facebook page full of discussion and information about the fight for public schools. Head over to join the discussion and to connect. Re: public Ed informs Connecticut residents about the state, local, and federal education policies that impact teaching and learning. New London Parent Advocates updates their open Facebook page weekly with all that is happening in the New London Public Schools.
Friends of Christina School District (FOCSD) is a group of parents and community members who advocate for excellent district schools. Their goal is to ensure that every child enrolled in the district receives the resources and support that he or she needs to enjoy a high-quality education. Go here to keep up with their events and actions.
The Fund Education NOW website is full of information and resources for Florida residents who want to keep up with education news. Florida BATs and Broward BATs post the latest updates on how the Florida COVID surge is impacting schools. Go here and here for updates. Pastors for Florida Children exists to provide care to local schools, and to advocate for children by supporting our free, public education system to promote social justice for children, and to advance legislation that enriches FL children, families, and communities. Go here to keep up with any events they are planning. The Florida Council of Churches is a catalyst for Christian unity and witness to God’s love for creation and all humanity. It is committed to a vision of antiracist Florida in church and society. They take part in many events across the state of Florida. Opt-Out Florida Network continues to follow and comment on issues impacting Florida education. Head over to their open Facebook page to take part in their discussions. Pinellas Parents Advocating for Public Schools organizes on a private Facebook page. If you know of anyone in the Pinellas area, have them join to connect. Protect Our Public Schools, Manasota believes that free, quality public education is a right for all children and is necessary for the optimal functioning of a democratic society. To keep up with their movements during the COVID-19 crisis, go here. Miami-Dade County Public School District Parents is a grassroots group giving a voice to parents of students in any Miami-Dade County Public School. Go here to keep up with any events they are holding in the Miami-Dade area. UnitED for Florida Children has a website full of resources and information. Go here to check it out. Hillsborough Public School Advocates is a grassroots group formed to educate, equip, and empower parents, teachers, and community members to advocate for public education in Hillsborough County. If you live in Hillsborough County ask to join their private group on Facebook to connect. Democratic Public Education Caucus of Florida are educating their members on how the new teacher recruitment program is lowering standards for teaching. Go here to learn more. Families for Safe Schools’ weekly News You Can Use will help Floridians navigate the landscape of education in Florida. Americans United for the Separation of Church Atlantic Coast Chapter national group Americans United for Separation of Church and State are launching an investigation into new Florida educational standards that reportedly promote white Christian Nationalism. Go here for more information on that story. Support our Schools, USA attended the History in the Un-Making Forum this month and invited their community to do the same.
Public Education Matters Georgia is a statewide organization committed to fostering community support for quality public education in GA through outreach, information, and advocacy. To keep up with their advocacy go here. Moms and Dads Now Enduring Surrealistic Stupidity (MADNESS) shared this powerful letter about standardized testing from an Athens, GA student. Opt-Out Georgia organized the opt-out movement in Georgia via a closed Facebook group of over 8,000 members. If you live in Georgia or know someone who does, encourage them to connect with this group. The Georgia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) was founded in 1990 to bring together individuals from all academic levels and disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and other organizations, occupations, and communities who had an interest in multicultural education. NAME is committed to a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of democracy and cultural pluralism. To keep up with their actions, visit their website. The Georgia Youth Justice Coalition held a Georgia Heal Together Zoom this month.
Parents for Public Schools Hawaii are a coalition of parents, community members, and educators committed to ensuring all children in Hawai`i have access to a quality public education.
Illinois Raise Your Hand released a statement opposing the current proposal to build South Loop HS. To read their statement go here. Illinois Families for Public Schools are the voice in Springfield for systemic policy change to defend and improve Illinois public schools. Their efforts are key to giving Illinois pro public-school families a real, regular presence and influence in Springfield.
The Indiana Coalition for Public Education continues to educate the public about Education Scholarships (aka Vouchers). Go here to read an article they shared about the downside of ESA for special needs children. Indiana Coalition for Public Schools – Monroe County monthly newsletter outlines five things that citizens can do to support public schools in August. The Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education publishes their most popular posts on Facebook each week. Keep up with the trends in advocacy for public education in Indiana by checking them out. The mission of the Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education is to advocate for a high quality and equitable public education for every child in NWI. Go here to keep up with what they are working on. Washington Township Parent Council Network is a group of parent and caregiver advocates who believe public education is a quality investment in the future. Go here to check out their events and actions. Jefferson County Public Schools Advocacy Group organizes in a private group on Facebook. If you know anyone in Jefferson County who is concerned about the anti-education movement, go here to join.
Iowans for Public Education is a grassroots movement to defend and support Iowa’s tradition of high-quality public schools. Iowans for Public Education is a grassroots movement to defend and support Iowa’s tradition of high-quality public schools. We plan to achieve this by —Defending against legislation that poses a threat to public education in Iowa. Educating Iowans and their political leaders about issues affecting public education. Go here to view their list of how they plan to defend public schools.
Game on for Kansas Schools shares information relating to public education and public education funding advocacy in Kansas and encourages parents and other concerned community members to “get in the game”. To keep up with what they are working on go here. The Personnel Association of Lawrence- Communication Workers of America welcomed their classified staff back to school with a breakfast.
Dear JCPS mission is to fight for improving public education opportunities and outcomes for ALL KIDS in Jefferson County by seeking stakeholder input before and accountability after board decisions. To learn more about them go here. Kentucky Save Our Schools is a grassroots stakeholder advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness of impending actions and legislation that could impact Kentucky public schools. Head over to their Facebook page to keep up with their movements. To keep up with Pastors for Kentucky Children be sure to visit their open Facebook page.
Step Up Louisiana held a Jefferson Parish chapter luncheon this month. The luncheon introduced the organization to the community, heard issues and concerns from the community, and shared their vision for sustainable community schools and economic justice in Jefferson Parish.
The Baltimore Algebra Project is a youth organization that works to end the school to prison pipeline. To learn more about them, go here.
Citizens for Public Schools Executive Director Lisa Guisbond was on WGBH’s Greater Boston this month discussing MA BESE’s decision to raise the MCAS passing score. The New Bedford Coalition to Save our Schools joined educators, parents and families, lawmakers and community groups in Malden this month to speak out against plans to raise passing scores on the MCAS tests.
The Michigan Network for Equity in Education advocates for equitable, democratic public education in the state of Michigan by building coalitions and sharing information and research. To learn more about their work, go here. Be sure to check in with Save Michigan’s Public Schools for the latest in Michigan education news. Michigan Parents for Schools has an extensive website to help Michigan parents and educators. Be sure to check it out here. MI Ed Justice are educators, administrators, parents, students & community members who believe to save our public schools from privatization, we need to humanize our public schools. To learn more about their work go here. Trusted Voices ED advocates extensively for teacher pay on their social media platforms. Support FHPS (Forest Hills Public Schools) thanked FHPS educators, support staff, and transportation staff for making orientation and open house experiences so warm and welcoming for children in their district.
Parents for St. Paul Schools is a grassroots organization started by parents of public school students. They are in favor of an immediate moratorium on the expansion and creation of existing charter schools in St. Paul.. To keep up with their work, go here. Minnesota Collective for Educational Equity’s white paper, Pursuing Educational Equity in Minnesota Through a Statewide Multi-Tiered System of Support, is a must-read and share for anyone living or teaching in Michigan.
Parents for Public Schools – Moss Point supports their community with information about education, meals, vaccinations, and much more. Parents For Public Schools of Greenwood and Leflore County works on strengthening public schools by engaging, educating, and mobilizing parents in Greenwood and Leflore County. Parents For Public Schools of Philadelphia advocates for children and schools in the Philadelphia Public School District. Make sure you give them a follow on Facebook. Parents For Public Schools of Starkville is a local organization working to strengthen public schools in Starkville. They promote the great work being done in the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.
Keep up with the Missouri BATs by giving them a follow on Twitter. Columbia Parents for Public Schools promotes parent engagement to improve education and build public support for public schools in Columbia.
Stand for Schools has some big news! After conducting a nationwide search, they are thrilled to announce Dunixi Guereca has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director! Dunixi officially joined the Stand For Schools team in early August after making a very long commute from California, where he has most recently worked with SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and, before that, the Boy Scouts of America. He’s no stranger to Nebraska, though! Dunixi studied Political Science and Government at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Stay tuned to learn more about Dunixi and what’s next for Stand For Schools! Nebraska Loves Public Schools film Harvesting Hope shows how students at Umóⁿhoⁿ Nation Public Schools are growing in every possible way!
Educate Nevada NOW Executive Director Amanda Morgan discussed private school vouchers and why they don’t work this month on KNPR. Northern Nevada Parents and Teachers United was created in 2021 as a response to the growing frustration of parents and teachers about the state of Nevada’s schools. They believe that parents and teachers both want what is best for children, and our schools will only get better when those who work in them are valued and respected. To learn more about their work visit their website.
New Hampshire Leaders for Just Schools are NH public school educators dedicated to the mission of creating more equitable and just learning environments. Give them a follow on Twitter to keep up with what they are doing. Barrington Educators Association is the local chapter of the New Hampshire-NEA. You can view updated work here. To contact them about issues happening in NH, go here.
Save our Schools NJ thanked Governor Phil Murphy for signing A3196/S2349 into law this month. For Class of 2023, this makes the high school exit exam, NJGPA, into a field test. Check out The Newark Students Union events tab on their Facebook page. The posted events provide an excellent template for student organizing. The Delran Education Association is a local organization committed to ensuring excellence in public education in New Jersey. To keep up with what they are doing, go here. If you are a resident of Elizabeth, ask to join the Elizabeth Parents, and Students Care closed Facebook group to connect. Give Montclair Cares About Schools a follow on Facebook to find out what is happening in Montclair education. Give Our Children Our Schools a follow on Twitter to keep up with any future events. South Orange-Maplewood Cares About Schools organizes in its closed Facebook group. If you live in this area or know anyone who does, please join the group here. Paterson Education Fund celebrated National Summer Learning Week this month. Parents Educating Parents host events for the Newark community. Be sure to check in with them on Facebook for all their latest events. The New Jersey Community Schools Coalition is working in partnership with national and state partners to expand community schools in New Jersey. They are also a great resource for community school research and information. To keep up with their amazing work go to their website.
Class Size Matters has been very busy this month fighting for class size and NYC schools budget cuts. The Alliance for Quality Education will honor Regent Ruth Turner at their annual Champions of Education event on August 31st. New York Allies for Public Education is a network of organizations who support public education and oppose the current excessive testing mandates and collection of private student data. To keep up with all their activities be sure to visit their website. LI Opt-Out supports public schools, and shares information about public schools, high-stakes testing, APPR, data mining, common core and opting out on their open Facebook page. Go here to join if you live on Long Island and want to join a powerful movement to end high stakes testing. NYC Opt Out website is filled with valuable information for NYC families on opting out of high stakes testing, school admissions, and a section for parents to know their rights. Give Change the Stakes a follow on Facebook to keep up with what is happening in NYC education during the COVID crisis. NY BATs is the largest state chapter of the Badass Teachers Association, currently over 3,400 educators strong. Head over to their Facebook page to find out what they are working on. Give FUSE (New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees) a follow on Twitter to find out how they will navigate the upcoming school year. MORE-UFT hosted a Hot Labor Summer gathering this month in NYC. Jackson Heights People for Public Schools has so much information on their discussion Facebook page that you need to head over to see what the community of Jackson Heights is up to. Check it out here. Parents for Public Schools- Syracuse works to support and sustain public schools and promote parents’ involvement in public schools, and their children’s education. They reaffirm and work to preserve the American tradition and ideal of free, open, non-discriminatory, publicly funded, democratically governed public schools. You can follow their work here. Croton Advocates for Public Education (CAPE) advocates for fair assessments, enrichment opportunities, and funding for their schools. The Port Washington Advocates for Public Education closed Facebook group is a place to connect and organize if you live in Port Washington, NY. North Country Alliance For Public Education works to end the reliance on high-stakes testing and stop the privatization taking over their schools. If you live in the North Country of New York, consider joining their closed Facebook group to connect. Visit the Rochester Coalition for Public Education website for all that is happening with Rochester education, meeting schedules, and information.
Public Schools First NC does incredible work in NC but they need your help. If you know anyone in NC please ask them to like their social media platforms and to share them with others. To read more about their campaign and celebration of a small grant they have received go here. North Carolina Families for School Testing Reform are working together to bring legislative change to the NC Public School Testing. They are advocating for fewer tests, fairer tests, and fruitful tests. Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods Organizers Circle posted their final episode this month which focused on environmental justice. Pastors for North Carolina Children was featured in Education NC, an online education website news organization. Their coverage is an acknowledgement of their reach and impact in NC education advocacy. PNCC are grateful for reporter Hannah McClellan for her excellent article about the work PNCC is undertaking– especially Mission Amplify! They will also be holding a Prayer Vigil for Education on August 31st. For more information on that go here. Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County elected a new slate of officers to their board late last month. To meet them, go here. We are excited that Every Child NC joined the network this month. To learn about them visit their website.
Be sure to keep up with the Ohio BATs on their open Facebook page. It Takes A Village To Tackle HB70 and It Takes A Village invited their community join a webinar this month about safe schools and not arming teachers. Northwest Ohio Friends of Public Education is a citizen-driven, non-partisan movement to inform and engage Northwest Ohioans, at the community level, to support and strengthen public schools. To keep up with the issues they are working on, go here. Parents For Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati posts upcoming events on their open Facebook page. Northeast Ohio Friends of Public Education has a fantastic website full of information that is centered around public education in Ohio. Public Education Partners (PEP) provided an update on EdChoice Voucher litigation.
The Oklahoma Parent Legislative Action Committee serves as a connecting organization for local PLAC groups and affiliated organizations that advocate for a strong public education system in OK. To learn more about their work visit their website. Pastors for Oklahoma Children held a petition drive this month requesting that the State Board of Education restore Tulsa Public and Mustang Public Schools’ accreditations to their rightful place. Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education/Oklahomans for Public Education have a private Facebook group of over 31,000 people. If you live in Oklahoma or know someone who does, share this link to connect. Oklahoma Teachers – The Time Is Now organizes in a private Facebook group of over 64,000 members. The purpose of the group is to unite all educators in Oklahoma to come together and educate, collaborate, and discuss what options they have moving forward to improve Public Education. If you know any Oklahoma educators, send them to this group to connect.
Community Alliance for Public Education (CAPE)’s goal is to raise awareness and build community around public education issues, as well as support an informed citizenry in having input into public education policies and practices. Oregon Save Our Schools is a group of parents, grandparents, teachers, students, support staff, and community members joining together to defend public education in Oregon. Go to their open Facebook page to get involved with their actions. Oregon BATs organizes in a closed Facebook group. If you are an Oregon teacher or community member, ask to join and connect. Community & Parents for Public Schools of Portland (CPPS) is recruiting parents and community members in SW Portland to participate in a program called Parent Engagement or PEP. The focus of PEP is to create advocates for a high quality public education at Markham Elementary school. CPPS would like to begin in the Fall 2022 term. Please take a look at the activities of the PEP program and let them know if you might volunteer to engage in building a new team of community leaders at Markham Elementary. If you know someone that lives in this area please share this information with them.
The Keystone State Education Coalition publishes a daily PA education policy roundup. Pennsylvania School Board Association celebrated National Pennsylvania Day, an occasion to celebrate the iconic foods, places and history of the Keystone State. On this day PSBA recognized their outstanding public school districts, educators and school leaders as a key part of the state. The Pittsburgh Task Force on the Right to Education conducts webinars about special education services and shares information for parents of special education students. Be sure to visit their Facebook page for updates. Education Voters PA received national coverage for PA’s school funding lawsuit and for their amazing idea of bringing a toilet to the Capitol steps in Harrisburg. Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools blog post, Board Laments Deficit, Fails to Mention Its Own Spending Priorities, is a must read for anyone in Philadelphia. Teacher Action Group Wilmington is a member of the Network of Teacher Activist Groups, a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups. They work together to build an education movement for liberation, locally and nationally, through shared analysis, political education, mutual support and learning, and joint projects. BASD (Bethlehem Area School District) Parents continues to share important information on how unfair funding impacts public schools in PA.
The Providence Student Union is hiring a full-time Civic Engagement Organizer. The Organizer will have an exciting role at PSU supporting youth as they plan and execute dynamic, successful organizing campaigns and actions. Please help spread the word and apply if you are interested in supporting our civic engagement work. Go here for more information. To keep up with what is happening in Rhode Island, give the Parents Across Rhode Island Facebook page a follow.
The Quality Education Project held their general monthly meeting this month to plan and discuss the group’s activities associated with the upcoming local school board races and the race for State Superintendent of Education. Specifically, they focused on developing their questionnaire for local school board candidates and their report card assessing the candidates for State Superintendent of Education.
Give Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence (TREE) a follow on Twitter to keep up with all that is going on in Tennessee education. Be sure to visit the Pastors for Tennessee Children website. It is full of valuable information and resources. Tennessee Strong continues to share articles written in the Tennessee Education Report. The latest article discusses how Rutherford rejected Hillsdale charter. Tennessee BATs organizes out of a closed group on Facebook with over one thousand members. If you are a Tennessee teacher or a supporter of public education in Tennessee, go here and ask to join their Facebook group to connect.
Pastors for Texas Children held a BBQ in Amarillo, Texas to discuss candidates running for Lt. Governor. CFISD Community Leadership Committee is composed of parents, business owners, and community members, partnering with the CFISD and area lawmakers to enable the success of all children in the CFSID community. Members of Texas Kids Can’t Wait are advocates for equitable and adequate funding for Texas public schools and for a sane assessment system. They strongly oppose the corporate takeover of public schools. To follow their advocacy go to their open Facebook page. RootEd continued to meet with their local PTA’s over the summer. If you know of anyone in the Houston community, please have them connect with Parents For Public Schools of Houston. They do fantastic work in Houston. Community Voices For Public Education is a local group of parents, students, teachers, and community members working to improve public education in Houston. Go here to keep up with their actions and activity. Our Schools San Antonio is a coalition committed to community-driven public education in the San Antonio Independent School District. The Coalition for Equity in Public Education works to uphold democratic community schools by evaluating education policy and communicating findings to the public. Founded in 2017, they have been determined to make an impact for the betterment of local ISDs. To keep up with their work, go here. Texas AFT celebrated Socorro AFT this month who won a substantial victory for increased pay, starting wage, and back pay for an unfair COVID leave policy. El Paso Alliance for Just Schools is a coalition of local community members, grassroots and labor. To keep up with what they are working on go here. Public Schools First McKinney joined the network this month. You can learn about them here.
Virginia Educators United is a grassroots collection of pro-public school people who act to support Virginia Public Schools. They organize in a closed Facebook group. If you are a Virginia educator, please ask to join and connect. Virginia BATs also organizes in a closed Facebook group. If you are a Virginia educator, parent, or community member, please ask to join and connect. Support Our Schools-Shenandoah County organizes to fight for public education in that region. You can connect here. Virginia Public Education Partners is dedicated to supporting and protecting public education. They work to end school privatization maneuvers that undermine democracy and diminish available resources for public schools. Follow their events and actions here. Richmond For All called on RPS administration to immediately end retaliations, disciplinary actions, and firings of teachers who adapt curriculum to meet the needs of their students.
WA BATs organizes in a closed Facebook group. Go here to join and connect. Washington’s Paramount Duty is a non-partisan, grassroots group of parents and allies working to compel the state to amply fund basic education and swiftly fulfill its paramount duty. They envision a future where every child has equitable access to an amply funded basic education.
West Virginia United Caucus shared this article by Public Schools Public Funds regarding voucher expansion in West Virginia.
The Wisconsin Public Education Network launched their Public Schools Unite Us campaign with workshops across the state. To learn more go here. Schools and Communities United continues to share important information that impacts Milwaukee schools. Be sure to like them on Facebook if you live in Milwaukee, or if you know someone who does send them there. If you live in the Milwaukee community, join Parents for Public Schools Milwaukee, students and allies to create a strong, diverse, districtwide network of parent advocates for children and their schools. Working with teachers, the superintendent, city and state officials, they are focused on finding and implementing solutions that will help children receive the high-quality public education they deserve.
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