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March 24th Leaders Gathering Follow-up

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PNCC hosted our Monthly Leaders Gathering

This past Wednesday, March 24th from 9-10am Pastors for NC Children hosted our monthly Ministry Leaders and Advocates Gathering online. We are so grateful for everyone who joined us in this initiative. Here was our agenda and links to the documents we shared. 
 

NEXT MEETING--SAVE THE DATE

We are meeting the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9am to connect clergy, faith leaders, advocates, and public education supporters across NC to build a network fo statewide leaders supporting Public Schools and NC's children. These are open meetings, so please feel free to invite friends and colleagues to join us as well! Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 28th at 9am. Register for the meeting and the agenda will be sent the week before. Be sure to subscribe to our Ministry Leaders Email List. Share our event on social media: https://fb.me/e/1hVjGBDON 
 

WHY OUR EFFORTS ARE NEEDED


Take 3 minutes to watch this video from our Every Child NC Partners about the needs of students in NC and share it with your networks. This is one of 8 new videos that were just released. Sonia's story is echoed across our state as children lack the opportunities to get ahead and prepare for their futures. Our neighbors need NC to invest in all our children's future, and we are here to help connect the faith community to the systemic changes needed. PNCC is a founding partner in the the #LeadWithLeandro work that Every Child NC is working on. This Coalition is encouraging NC to enact the Leandro v. NC Court Case's West Ed Report recommendations. Not familiar with "Leandro"? Learn more here: EveryChildNC.org.
 

 

TAKE ACTION

Connect Us With Your Network

Help us meet your colleagues and neighbors. Here's a possible script for you to use:
"Dear ___, I want to introduce you to Pastors for NC Children. PNCC is a new ministry working to support public education in NC from a faith perspective. PNCC is mobilizing faith leaders and congregations to advocate for justice in our public schools. Would it be possible for PNCC to bring greetings and have 5 minutes to share about their work at an upcoming denominational/ eccumenical/ regional clergy gathering or association meeting this spring. They would like to share about opportunities to connect with their work and invite more faith leaders into it. Learn more at PastorsForNCchildren.org or @pastors4nckids on social media. Please contact Director Rev. Suzanne Parker Miller at PastorsForNCchildren@gmail.com with connections or opportunities. Thank you!"

We Oppose House Bill 32!

We are strongly opposed to HB32 that would give MORE public tax dollars for private and religious schools that are not publicly accountable for the education they provide. North Carolina cannot afford the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program and ESA accounts. We support public schools, not privatized alternatives.

For Legislative Updates:
https://www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org/legislative-updates/ 

Restore Teacher Assistants in K-3 Classrooms

We were proud to stand with Senators and Representatives to support increasing Teacher Assistants to provide one for every K-2 classroom, and one for every three 3rd grade classrooms on 3/25 when the Bills were introduced at the Legislature. These bills restore the thousands of Teacher Assistant positions that were cut in previous years. We know kids need more individualized attention in class to succeed, and these teacher assistants provide crucial help in meeting students' needs! Encourage your Legislators to support House Bill 420/Senate Bill 359. Full Press Conference Video: https://fb.watch/4tOwdQ74mD/
https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2021/h420
https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2021/S359

Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, a retired educator from Wilson County's District 24, speaks about the importance of Teacher Assistants. Director Rev. Suzanne Miller is in red behind the Representative.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 31 at 1pm: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School Co-led by Jennifer Berkshire & Jack Schneider To register, go to: www.cbf.net/TFHEducation 
Webinar Description: America’s system of free, universal, and taxpayer-funded schooling is at risk, and not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will take a look at the decades-long unmaking of the system that serves over 90% of students in the U.S., and offer insights on how to take a stand.


Tuesday, April 6nd 12-1pm Faith in the City,
Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem hosts a Monthly Lunch Discussion Focus will be on the stress and social-emotional struggles of students as a result of the pandemic and prolonged online learning. To get on their email list for the monthly invites and topic info: email coordinator Sylvia Oberle at faithinthecitykbc@gmail.com.
 


Christian Advocacy As Mission: Upcoming Webinar Series from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC 
Thursdays, April 8, 22 & May 6  |  2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
The biblical call to care for the poor and the marginalized is indisputable. We see this lived out in the commitment our congregations have made to our mission work. We feed the hungry, we shelter and clothe the stranger, we act as the hands and feet of Christ in our communities. Is there more we could be doing? Join us for a three-week series as we explore the idea of advocacy as a natural extension of your church’s mission work and hear stories from CBFNC partner congregations doing this work.

April 8  |  Christian Advocacy 101
Led by Stephen Reeves, Director of Advocacy for CBF Global and John Mark Boes, Advocacy and Global Missions Specialist for CBF Global

April 22  |  Christian Advocacy Stories: Immigration Advocacy
Led by Felix Iyoko, Shiloh Restoration Church, Raleigh

May 6  |  Christian Advocacy Stories: Racial Equity Advocacy
Led by Scott Hovey, St. John’s Baptist, Raleigh and Mark Reece, First Baptist, Elkin

 

SAVE THE DATE -- October 9 Public Schools First NC Conference: Impact of Privatizing Public Schools 2021 https://www.facebook.com/events/731944311084825 

Know of an event we are missing from our list? Send them to us at PastorsForNCchildren@gmail.com!

Resource Alert

Authors and "Have You Heard" Podcasters Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire published "A Wolf At The Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and The Future Of Schools" this past fall. It describes the efforts over the last decades to dismantle education across the nation. What's happening in other states is also happening in NC, so it's well worth reading to understand the national dynamics at play to undermine public education as a public good. 

Listen to their podcast about the book for a good preview: https://soundcloud.com/haveyouheardpodcast/wolf 

Our partners at Pastors for Texas Children recently hosted the authors for a discussion via Zoom. It's a great discussion! Watch it here.

For Further Reading

 

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PNCC is a grateful recipient of a Z. Smith Reynold Foundation's Systemic Change Grant to support Public Education. 

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