People's Alliance Education Team 2014 Priorities

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  • 1.ActLocal.GetVocal.MakeaDifference. PAEducationTeam Summary:TheDurhamPeoplesAllianceEducationTeamworks tosupportaunifiedPublicEducationsystemforallfamiliesin Durham.Webelieveinlocalcontroloftaxdollarssothat familiesandelectedofficialscanmakedecisionsaboutDurhams educationalsystem.TheEducationTeamencourages collaborationandcreativeapproachestoeducation.Wefeel thatteachers,familiesandstudentsshouldbeparticipantsinthe decisionsmadeaboutourschools. ContactInformation:CarlRist,rist@frontier.com www.durhampa.org Context WiththeexitoftheDPSSuperintendentatthebeginningof2014,andtheschoolboard electionsscheduledforMay,theDurhamPublicSchoolsispoisedtoexperiencesignificant change.TheNorthCarolinaLegislaturecontinuestopassregressivelegislaturethatnegatively effectspubliceducation.Localbudgetsarecutandteachersaredemoralized.Atthesame timegrassrootsadvocacyisgrowinginresponsetotheassaultfromtheGeneralAssemblyand localorganizingisgettingstronger. 2014Priorities Teachersupport TheEdTeamwillcontinuetoworktochangethenegativenarrativeaboutpubliceducators. Actionitems: 1) CollaboratewheneverpossiblewithOrganize20/20,theDurhamAssociationof Educators,andothergroupsineffortstounifyandorganizeteachers. 2) PromotetheCelebrateaTeachercampaignbysellingshirtsandwearingredon Wednesdays.Supportteachersduringpubliceventsoractions. 3) Educatethepublicaboutthelegislationregardingteachersalariesanddueprocess limitations. InformationandIdeaDissemination PAmemberslooktotheEdTeamforinformationabouteducationissues.Partofourmissionis toraiseawarenessamongourmembershipandtothecommunityat-large. Actionitems: 1) Organizeandimplementregularcommunityroundtablediscussionsontopics designatedbytheteam. 2) Bepublicallyresponsivetoissuesthateffectthepublicschools.Thisincludeslettersto theeditor,speakingatBoardofEducationmeetingsandattendingpubliceducation events.

2. ActLocal.GetVocal.MakeaDifference. PAEducationTeam Summary:TheDurhamPeoplesAllianceEducationTeamworks tosupportaunifiedPublicEducationsystemforallfamiliesin Durham.Webelieveinlocalcontroloftaxdollarssothat familiesandelectedofficialscanmakedecisionsaboutDurhams educationalsystem.TheEducationTeamencourages collaborationandcreativeapproachestoeducation.Wefeel thatteachers,familiesandstudentsshouldbeparticipantsinthe decisionsmadeaboutourschools. ContactInformation:CarlRist,rist@frontier.com www.durhampa.org 3) CollaboratewithotherEducationAdvocacyandcommunitygroupstosponsor informativeevents. 4) Collaboratetopresentafilmeventaboutpubliceducation. BoardofEducationElections DuringthiselectionyeartheEdTeamwillfocussomeofitseffortstoguidethePAPAC endorsementprocess.Fourschoolboardseatsareopenthisyear. Actionitems: 1) Developanddisseminateacandidatequestionnaire. 2) InterviewallthecandidatesandmakerecommendationstothePAPAC. 3) WorkinsupportoftheendorsedcandidatesleadinguptotheMay6th election.