It is week 176 of our new reality and we are thinking about what it will take to build new bipartisan coalitions for change.
A recently released Gallup poll charts the growing partisan divide in the United States, finding that on nearly every issue the gap between Democrats and Republicans has increased over the past 20 years. One area where this divide has increased is in satisfaction with K-12 education. In 2002, Democrats and Republicans were separated by just four percentage points. In the latest survey Gallup found a 21 point gap.
That’s why we’re excited to see Aditi Goel, an alumna of 50CAN’s National Voices fellowship, propose a session at SXSW Edu: “Common Ground: Moving Beyond Partisanship in K-12 Education.” We hope you will take a moment to vote for her panel and help her put a spotlight on how we can work together again to put kids first.
Last week, we put the spotlight on a Congressional hearing on generational learning loss that served as a powerful forum for a candid assessment of what went wrong and what we need to do next. This week we look at how federal Covid funding was spent and explore the push to decriminalize address sharing.
FROM THE FIELD
HawaiiKidsCAN is putting a spotlight on the tragic fires that swept through Maui and encouraging everyone to give to the Maui Strong Fund.
From sea to shining sea. Despite a difference of six time zones, parent advocates from GeorgiaCAN and HawaiiKidsCAN connected this week to share their experiences advocating for change at school boards and statehouses and to learn best practices from each other. Jacquetta Williams, a parent fellow from Augusta, reflected after the event, “Upon discovering that many common issues faced in Georgia were also prevalent in Hawaii, we engaged in a discussion about how we could be more beneficial to both the community and students. We also explored the profound impact of recognizing the achievements of young leaders who hope to pursue ambitious goals beyond the scope of their small-town upgringing.”
Amanda Aragon, executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN, joined the Bob Clark Show to talk about the challenges and paths forward for lagging student achievement in the state. Additionally, the team has been closely following the story of how the local teacher’s union is fighting officials attempting to create more frequent communication with families. Amanda continues to drive public awareness by covering the story on NMEducation.org and an appearance on local news.
TennesseeCAN hosted a welcome reception for new Education Commissioner (and National Voices Fellowship alumna) Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, where Executive Director Victor Evans expressed excitement for her leadership and collaborations moving forward.
Moment of Resilience
Last week was the closeout for Change Summer’s fifth year of offering free summer camp in partnership with leading charter schools around the country. At Camp KIPP DC, children grades 4 through 9 got to experience a sleepaway summer camp that offers campers the opportunity to expand their horizons through athletics, the arts, STEM, outdoor adventure, swimming and more while building lasting friendships. It’s a great example of believing in better and putting that belief into practice to expand the boundaries of what we offer students.