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September 7, 2021
Dear Readers,
we have two quick updates to share from our previous newsletter.

We inadvertently left out the Faith in the City Lunch and Learn today that is hosted by Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. It is being held live in their fellowship hall today from noon to one, but they will also be live-streaming it to their private Facebook group. You are invited to join their group to see this month's and all past/future event videos posted there. These events are held the First Tuesday of each month from 12-1pm from September to June. They all focus on education equity at the local and state level, and while they are located in Forsyth County, the issues they are facing are very much related and similar to the issues each district is facing! 

Today's presentation in particular is a state-wide issue. Kris Nordstrom from the Education and Law Project of the NC Justice Center is presenting about the Leandro Plan and what it means for NC Schools.

From the Faith in the City Planning Team:
A reminder that Faith in the City is resuming its community informational sessions for the 2021-22 year at Knollwood Baptist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 7.  We hope you can join us from 12-1 p.m. to hear Kris Nordstrom, senior policy analyst with the NC Justice Center, talk about recent developments in the Leandro court case.  

Despite the decades-old Leandro case seeking equitable school funding across the state, very little progress has been made in addressing issues raised, and a recent court ruling is seeking to change that, in what is being called a "generational opportunity for NC students." 

Please note:  Our sessions are resuming in-person in the Fellowship Hall (Building B) at Knollwood, 330 Knollwood St.  Winston-Salem, NC. Please enter through the end door of Building B closest to the large parking lot.  Masks are required, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.  

The session will also be live-streamed through the Faith in the City KBC Facebook group.  For more information on how to join that group, contact us at or ask to join the group on Facebook at Faith in the City KBC.

Please share this information with others who might be interested in joining us for this important discussion.

We hope to see you on Sept. 7, and start this year with a strong showing of interest in educational equity issues.

Faith in the City Planning Team
Dean Clifford
Diane Lipsett
Spence O'Neill
Sylvia Oberle"
We are hosting a Ministry Leaders Gathering on the 4th Wednesday of the Month from 9-10am for any clergy, faith leaders, education advocates, or anyone interested in learning more about PNCC. We have a time to check in with each other, share announcements and opportunities for advocacy, and upcoming events. It's an informal gathering, so grab a cup of coffee and join us! Invite your colleagues and friends as well. Register for the Zoom gathering here. 


We received word late last week that the Public Schools First NC Conference on Saturday, October 9th has gone Virtual. The price has dropped to $30/ticket as well, since it's now a half-day conference online. While we are sad to not get to be in person, we hope that the virtual option will allow more of our PNCC friends across the state to join. Here is the info from their email. 

Important News!

Our Fall conference: Impact of Privatizing Public Schools: 2021 is NOW VIRTUALRegister here!

We have shortened the time: 8:30am – 1:00pm and the program will be delivered on our zoom platform. Guests will be admitted starting at 8:15am and the program will begin promptly at 8:30am. 

Send questions to

Conference Keynote Address

Dr. Noliwe Rooks, Department Head of Africana Studies at Brown University, is the founding director of the Segrenomics Lab. Rooks will speak on the impact of privatization on public education based on her extensive research included in her current book, Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education. You can purchase this book for an additional $15 when you register and we will mail it to you before the conference if time allows -- so order today!

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