2010 CPER Convening Opening Slideshow

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2010 CPER Convening Opening Slideshow

  1. 1. Communities for Public Education Reform<br />Celebrating Our Accomplishments!<br />
  2. 2. Over the last three years….<br />CPER groups have demonstrated that education organizing is a powerful and effective strategy for achieving REAL education reform. <br />With CPER at a crossroads, it’s important to step back and CELEBRATE what we’ve accomplished…<br />
  3. 3. Chicago<br />Grow Your Own Illinois <br />Voices of Youth in Chicago Education <br />Parents and Residents Invested in School and Education (PRISE) Reform <br />Colorado<br />Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition<br />Colorado Grassroots Alliance for Fiscal Reform<br />Metro Organizations for People<br />Padres y JóvenesUnidos<br />Stand for Children Colorado<br />Who we are…<br />
  4. 4. New Jersey<br />Abbott Leadership Institute<br />Education Law Center<br />Parents and Communities United for Education<br />One Newark Education Coalition<br />Paterson Education Organizing Committee<br />Paterson Education Fund<br />Southeastern Pennsylvania<br />Good Schools Pennsylvania<br />Education Voters Institute<br />Education Law Center<br />Philadelphia Student Union<br />Philadelphia Public School Notebook<br />Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change<br />Public Citizens for Children and Youth<br />Research for Action<br />Youth United for Change<br />
  5. 5. We are ensuring greater equity and adequacy through educational finance reform…<br />PA Adopts New School Funding Formula!<br />As a result of the organizing and advocacy efforts of CPER partners in Southeastern Pennsylvania, PA made history as one of the few states in the country to adopt a new equitable school funding formula! <br />
  6. 6. The new funding formula increased state funding for basic education by$275 millionin 2008-09 and by $300 million in 2009-10!<br />
  7. 7. In 2008, DPS adopted MOP’s recommendations for weighted student funding! <br />Thus far, $5.1 million more in funding as been allocated for low-income students and $2.4 million for secondary schools. <br />
  8. 8. We are improving teacher quality and effectiveness…<br />Grow Your Own Illinois (GYO) is creating a pipeline of high quality teachers of color that are authentically invested in their neighborhood schools. <br />To date, GYO has recruited 415 teacher candidates statewide!<br />
  9. 9. Despite a major state budget crisis and program cuts in 2009, GYO successfully advocated for $3.15 million in state funding to continue improving teaching in low-income communities!<br />
  10. 10. The Effective Teaching Campaign (ETC) in Philadelphia was formed to address the urgent need for effective teachers and stable staffing patterns in all Philadelphia schools. <br />
  11. 11. In 2009, members of the ETC presented Mayor Nutter with over 1,000 petition postcards supporting reforms in teacher effectiveness! <br />The new collective bargaining agreement between the School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers included key provisions sought by the ETC!<br />
  12. 12. We are implementing strategies to improve h.s. graduation rates and increase college readiness…<br />VOYCE Wins Support from Chicago Public Schools to launch pilot projects based on recommendations from its youth-led participatory action research! <br />
  13. 13. VOYCE is implementing pilot projects in 8 CPS schools!<br />Through these projects, VOYCE has engaged 253 freshman, 99 mentors and 31 school staff!<br />
  14. 14. MOP helped write Colorado’s Innovation Schools Act of 2008 and MOP parents have helped secure innovation (autonomy) status for 3 Denver Schools!<br />Each of these Innovation Schools now has control over up to $1 million in school funding!<br />
  15. 15. Padres y JóvenesUnidos successfully organized parents, students and community leaders to bring a high performing charter school to NW Denver!<br />In its first year, the new school brought its K-8 students from 30% performing at grade level to 80% in the third quarter of the year. <br />
  16. 16. After a 6-year campaign by Padres y JóvenesUnidos, Denver Public Schools adopted a new discipline code incorporating restorative justice practices. Since 2008, there have been 6000 fewer suspensions!<br />Padres is now poised to take their campaign statewide and nationally! <br />
  17. 17. H.S. Reform in Philadelphia – YUC Successful in Push for Small Schools!<br />Leaders from Youth United for Change successfully pushed for the School District to follow through on its commitment to develop small schools in Kensington – the 4th small school will open in September! <br />
  18. 18. The New Jersey Education Organizing Collaborative launches Graduation for ALL Campaign!<br />Over 70 people rallied in front of the Statehouse in Trenton on January 20, 2010 demanding "Graduation for All" for New Jersey's public high school students.<br />
  19. 19. Groups across CPER are developing and supporting a new generation of leaders…<br />The Abbott Leadership Institute has organized Youth Media Symposiums (YMS), which teach youth to use media to advocate for change in their schools. <br />In 2008, youth leaders completed a short-film project, “A Faulty Re-Design” on the challenges of implementing NJ’s High School Re-design Plan. <br />
  20. 20. CIRC and the Colorado CPER groups are supporting an emerging and strengthening statewide movement for immigrant student justice!<br />
  21. 21. As CPER enters Phase II, we welcome our new partners and allies from across the country…<br />
  22. 22. California<br />
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  24. 24. Mississippi<br />
  25. 25. Boston<br />
  26. 26. New York<br />
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  28. 28. Washington, D.C. <br />
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  30. 30. National Allies<br />
  31. 31. In Phase II, the CPER education organizing network will bring together over 50 education organizing and allied organizations and coalitions across 9 states! <br />As we deepen our relationships, we must seize this opportunity and build on our collective power to advance our educational justice agenda! <br />
  32. 32. “If there is going to be change, real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves. That’s how change happens.”<br />-- Howard Zinn, 1922-2010<br />

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