Last June, the Jeremiah Group in New Orleans brought forth 25 parents with gifted children that had been denied admissions to advanced academies in the Jefferson parish. After several months of challenging the lack of transparency and irregularities of the admissions process, evidence emerged that school board members wrote letters supporting the admission of certain children, leading the Superintendent to step down.Read more
Building on GOTV efforts from the fall, leaders in San Angelo succeeded in passing a city-wide initiative raising $3 Million dollars for affordable housing.
The Border Organization in Del Rio, Texas Unionizes Police, Establishes Public Defenders Office and Leverages Job Training Funds.
After increasing voter turnout across Del Rio, enough to boot out a recalcitrant judge, TBO succeeded in picking up the required signatures for collective bargaining for police officers by a margin of 65% and reestablishing the public defenders office with the new Republican judge. City Council subsequently allocated $35 thousand for the use of city buildings for long-term job training (Quest) which has the potential to leverage an additional $250 thousand from the Texas JET fund. Leaders have already identified 40 potential students.Read more
With 550 delegates from Omaha, OTOC celebrated its 15th Anniversary with endorsements from the Catholic Archbishop and support from the mayor, police chief and superintendent of schools. This convention built on the energy of 130 house meetings to identify issues.Read more
Addressing an agenda item in relation to schools, COPS / Metro Alliance helped pass a $515 million school bond measure, with over 300 leaders walking neighborhoods in the fall. They are now working with the school board to ensure that they implement an effective citizen oversight committee.
by Leah Mundell, Roxana de Niz, Rom Coles, & Gerald Wood; "Interfaith Council Works for Civility," Arizona Daily Sun
by Dan Johnson, "Vehicle Seizures from Unlicensed Drivers Drop in Petaluma," Petaluma Argus Courier
by Mark Waller, "Critics Say Admissions Inquiry into Jefferson Parish Stops Short," The Times PicayuneRead more