has been an incredibly busy year since we launched last October 2010.
Thanks to passionate and hard working PfGE volunteers, we were able
to accomplish a lot this past year in support of high quality
education in California. The following is a few of the highlights:
for Our Future
- Campaign to mobilize Silicon Valley Bay Area community to get out
the vote for Nov. 2011 elections. Thanks to our partners,
student and parent organizers, for attending over one hundred voter
registration and outreach related events.
partnership with K12NewsNetwork.com, a California
School Funding Map Tool
launched in the spring of 2011 to educate the public about the
impact of the potential budget cuts on their local schools. In
tandem, we had a Parents for Great Education (PfGE) letter writing
campaign in support of extending the existing revenue measures.
May 14th, 2011, we organized a 21st
Century Education Summit that brought together educators, policy makers, school board
members, superintendents, parents, students and teachers to discuss
two crucial issues impacting California public schools: 1) How to
prepare California students for the 21st Century
interconnected global challenges; and 2) What are the possible long
term solutions to solving California’s budget crisis. All
participants left with a renewed understanding about the importance
of providing all students with 21st century skills, while finding
new ways to fund California’s schools adequately and consistently.
collaboration with The California Coalition for P21, we advocated
a bill that seeks high quality curriculum in order to prepare six
million California public school students for 21st
Century learning. October 2011 the governor signed the bill into
law. Thanks to co-chairs Michele and Michael for their leadership.
partnership with K12NewsNetwork.com and the California Budget
Project, a California
School Funding 101 Workshop,
organized in October, was attended by 75 parents, school board
members, and possible candidates for state legislature in Orange
started as a small, local network of parents, but now that network
has grown statewide, partnering with other parent and college
student groups, community based organizations and education groups
to continue to advocate for school funding and sound education
policy. We were able to accomplish an amazing amount with an all
year, we will be launching an extensive voter outreach and education
campaign in support of June and November elections. 2012 will be a
crucial year for education.
behalf of everyone at PfGE, I wish you a joyful holiday season and a
healthy New Year!
for Great Education