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Welcome To Proclaiming Public Education

April 2021
Dear Friends,
Pastors for NC Children continues to grow our network of advocates and faith leaders across NC who care about public education and want to support NC's public schools. We are grateful for all our new newsletter subscribers and contacts. Please share this email with your friends and colleagues by forwarding it using the link at the bottom. 

We have developed 3 newsletter lists for updates to ensure we are only sending you the info you want and make it easy to get the info you need. Please take a moment to click and update your subscription to the lists:
  1. Monthly Newsletter (this 1x month email) 
  2. Monthly Ministry Leaders Gathering (Meeting Reminders and Updates from 4th Wed 9am Gatherings (2x month emails)
  3. Action Alerts (Urgent Calls to Action related to Bills, Petitions, and opportunities to lend your voice as needed).


PNCC IN THE NEWS

PNCC Executive Director The Rev. Suzanne Miller had an OpEd published by NC Policy Watch to encourage the NC General Assembly to refuse House Bill 32 and not expand the Opportunity Scholarship Vouchers. Read it here. 

PNCC also had a feature about rejecting HB32 in the new Letter to the Editor section "NC Voices" of the News and Observer. Check it out. 

Learn more about why HB32 is such a problem for NC's children with this helpful commentary by NC Justice Center's Kris Nordstrom. 

Wednesday, April 28 @ 9am-- Ministry Leaders Gatherings

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. 
 

#LeadWithLeandro Updates

Be A Leandro Advocate

 

PNCC is a proud member of Communities for the Education of Every Child Coalition or "Every Child NC" for short. We are a coalition of over 40 organizations across NC working to ensure the West Ed Report from the Leandro v. North Carolina court case is fully enacted. Join in this work by signing the Advocate Pledge to encourage Elected Officials to #LeadWithLeandro in the State Budget this year! Learn more about the issues surrounding the Leandro case by watching these short videos from Every Child NC. 

Legislative Ledger

Contact your NC General Assembly Members and ask them to Vote NO to HB32 and it's companion Bill -- SB 671-- in the Senate. It has passed the House. Get the latest updates from our friends at Public Schools First NC. 

Not sure who your NC General Assembly Legislators are? Find out here. 

Upcoming Events

April 28th 6pm -- People Power and Policy: Racial Equity And The Future Of North Carolina's Students 

Presented by our friends from Every Child NC, CREED-NC, ISLA, EJA, and Action4Equity
What would North Carolina schools look like if we elevated the experiences, histories, brilliance and struggles of our Black and brown students and their families? What if our schools supported every child in realizing their full potential? What if every child had what they needed and was in a school environment where their full identify was affirmed?

In this series we will be learning from community advocates working to realize education justice across our state. Together, these leaders are working to bring our People into their Power to influence Policy change and deliver on the unfulfilled promise of education equity. We can have schools that work for every child. We can have funding that honors our pursuit of full equity and policies that lift up our school communities, instead of holding them down. Register here. 

Friday, April 30th 11am-12 noon Current State of Public Education led by Bryan Proffitt, Vice President of North Carolina Association of Educators

Join the NC Council of Churches for the 2021 Legislative Seminar. Their public education focus occurs Friday morning. Register here. 
 

Tuesday, May 18th 7-8:30pm AND Tuesday, June 1 7-8:30pm $10  A WORKSHOP WITH JEMAR TISBY ON RACE, RELIGION AND THE CHURCH’S RECKONING

Join the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC to hear from author Jemar Tisby about his books The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Justice. Register by May 14th to receive a copy of his book The Color of Compromise
 

Monday, May 3 -- Friday, May 7th is National Teacher Appreciation Week  

How is your congregation, community, or family planning to celebrate all the extra hard work educators have put in this year during the Pandemic? Looking for ideas on ways to celebrate our State's educators? Here are some ideas
 
Know of an event we are missing from our list? Send them to us.

Partnership Highlights

 



CREED-NC is the Center for Racial Equity in Education in North Carolina. As their mission states, "CREED centers students of color, inspires institutional change, & facilitates better educational practice, so we can transform the education system in North Carolina." Their research reports are not to be missed. 

CREED announced this week they will be hosting CREED Academy 101 and 201 this summer for educators and community supporters. These classes will be held in July and August. "CREED Academy is an opportunity to develop local leadership and advocacy through web-based professional development experiences for all North Carolina public school stakeholders. CREED is committed to changing the trajectory for the more than one-million students in our public school education system. We understand the much-needed transformation required to create competence and confidence in our anti-racist approach to equity. These small group learning sessions are convened around specific topics related to building critical consciousness for educators and stakeholders." Learn more and sign up here. 

Resource Alert

In the United States we cannot discuss education without talking about race. We also cannot shy away from the realities of life in 2021 where race and violence against Black and Brown people dominates the headlines. Here are some resources we've come across recently that we've found helpful as we look to dismantle white supremacy and create a world that is anti-racist. 

Religion and Race resources from the United Methodist Church https://www.gcorr.org/news/now-christians-lets-have-a-real-conversation 

The PNCC Board viewed this video as an opening devotional prayer at our most recent meeting.
 

“A Prayer’s Chance of a Change” by Spoken Word artist Chris Webb https://www.wkyc.com/video/features/a-prayers-chance-of-a-change-a-poetic-reaction-to-the-death-of-george-floyd-and-the-trial-of-derek-chauvin/95-9f995472-3ff3-4905-895b-4b9e3537dd24 

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PNCC is a Proud Members Of These Networks:

 


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

 

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