PA Education Team Co-Chair Page McCullough's guest column was featured in the Herald Sun on 8/30/15. Click to read or full text below:
Regarding North Carolina’s school voucher program, (“Moving forward with vouchers: What’s best for children”), The Herald-Sun, Aug. 18), here’s what we would like to hear our legislators say:
Vouchers are simply one more gear on the bulldozer the majority in the General Assembly is using to drive public education and the children in them over a cliff. Now that the majority has made teaching a lousy career option for the best and brightest, swept books and technology in the trash can, blown up class sizes, locked our youngest out of pre-school and sent teacher assistants packing, they pretend to care about “what’s best for students” by offering vouchers to attend private schools.
The Durham People’s Alliance Education Team works to support a unified Public Education system for all families in Durham. We believe in local control of tax dollars so that families and elected officials can make decisions about Durham’s educational system. The Education Team encourages collaboration and creative approaches to education. We feel that teachers, families and students should be participants in the decisions made about our schools.
Our priority proposal:
The North Carolina Legislature continues to pass regressive legislation that negatively affects public education. Local budgets are cut and teachers are demoralized. At the same time grass roots advocacy is growing in response to the assault from the General Assembly and local organizing is getting stronger.
- Support the “I Heart Teachers Campaign
Support efforts to decrease Suspensions / Drop Outs
Monitor Standardized Testing
Monitor Issues before the Board of Education, County Commissioners, and General Assembly
Evaluate and Support Candidates for Public Office based on their record and platforms related to support of public education
Spread Awareness of Education Issues through Community Roundtables
Information and Idea Dissemination
PA members look to the Ed Team for information about education issues. Part of our mission is to raise awareness among our membership and to the community at-large.
- Organize and implement regular community round table discussions on topics designated by the team.
- Be publicly responsive to issues that affect the public schools. This includes letters to the editor, speaking at Board of Education meetings and attending public education events.
- Collaborate with other Education Advocacy and community groups to sponsor informative events.
- Collaborate to present a film event about public education.
Board of Education Elections
The Ed Team will focus some of its efforts to guide the PA PAC endorsement process.
- Develop and disseminate a candidate questionnaire.
- Interview all the candidates and make recommendations to the PA PAC.
- Work in support of the endorsed candidates leading up to the 2017 election.
We are excited to announce our January membership meeting. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what we have planned for this year, and to learn how you can get more involved with our efforts. This January's meeting will highlight growing economic inequality in Durham, and will feature the efforts of our Economic Inequality Action Team to address the issue.
Durham People's Alliance January Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Center for Responsible Lending (302 W. Main St., Durham 27701)