March 12, 2020

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Educator Makes a Passionate Plea for More School Support at Board Meeting

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Journey for Justice Alliance
National Conference 2020:
Transnational Unity & Action
J4J Alliance
May 22 – 24, 2020
Baltimore, MD
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Neighborhood Public Schools: The Heart of Our Communities
March 28-29, 2020
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St. Paul Educators are Striking Because their Students are Suffering

The dedicated educators in St. Paul, MN who went on strike Tuesday know full well that it takes wraparound supports for the city’s neediest children to have a fair and substantive opportunity to learn. They’ve gone on strike after ten months of failed contract negotiations because their students are suffering—and their #1 demand is more mental health supports. We see their fierce determination as an act of love.
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Message to Presidential Candidates: "We Want Sustainable Community Schools!"

Remarks by Jitu Brown were one of the highlights of the recent Schott-sponsored Public Education Forum 2020, which featured the top Democratic presidential candidates in this year’s race. Brown, National Director of the Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), delivered a poignant message about the state of public education, and the continued threat of public school privatization. “We don’t have failing schools, the public has been failed.”
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Are Community Schools the Future of Education Reform?

Yes! Magazine covers the rise of the community schools model:

"The idea behind community schools is that poverty, housing instability, trauma, and subpar health care impede students’ ability to learn, so schools must mindfully address these challenges. Community schools are improving graduation rates and math scores, while reducing chronic absenteeism and disciplinary incidents. And they’re expanding across the country."
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Education Dept. Forced to Reverse Plan to Cut School Funding

Enforcement of stricter eligibility requirements by the U.S. Department of Education led by Secretary Betsy DeVos would have cut critical funding for rural schools in some of the poorest, most isolated areas of our country.

The reversal, which followed a bipartisan backlash, will last for only a year unless Congress permanently changes the program’s eligibility requirements.
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