North City Education Power-Builders Alums turn Organizers

Charli Cooksey

 

Following their Better Budgets Better Schools Teach-In at Julia Davis Library, the inaugural class of Power-Builders gathered for a graduation celebration. Gloria Nolan wrote an op-ed published in St. Louis American: My fight for better budgets and better schools for all SLPS kids.

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Alums of the Academy, Monti and Elise, have continued the work of the campaign as field organizers. They have led our wonderful volunteers to phone-bank and canvass to get out the vote (GOTV) in North St. Louis City wards 3, 4 and 22 where there is a history of low voter turnout. This week’s cover story of the St. Louis American details their efforts!

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The Better Budgets Better Schools coalition invites you out on November 14th for the Public Hearing on Why Equitable School Funding Matters! Over dinner you will hear community members and leaders testify on the need for policy solutions and share best practices from other districts. Free dinner will be provided to all who RSVP here.

North City Power-Builders want schools to be equitably funded AND to have more funding. They want students to have the resources they need to thrive! They stand with the third goal in St. Louis Public Schools’ latest strategic plan is to achieve the “equitable distribution of human and material resources across schools.”

However, they believe the district’s goal of equity cannot be reached without increasing transparency and community input into the budgeting process. Equity includes intentionally putting those most impacted at the center of discussions and decisions.

They are calling for our district leadership to formalize a long-term commitment to equitable practices so they become imbedded into the culture of SLPS. Will you sign onto the demands by sending a letter in support to SLPS superintendent Dr. Adams?