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Parents Forum Newsletter | January 25, 2022 Cambridge MA, USA

Vivett Dukes
NPU Deputy Director of Organizing
New York, New York, USA 
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Let's not return to normal! 

Parents across the country are very concerned about how the pandemic is affecting student learning and we don’t want to return to “normal.” We want to see bold changes in how our kids are educated. We know that many school district leaders and school boards are struggling to find effective solutions to address the interruptions and gaps in teaching and learning that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.

To address these concerns, the National Parents Union, a network of parent organizations and grassroots activists advocating for a higher quality education and quality of life for children across the U.S., has launched a watchdog campaign, Everyday Parents Impacting Change (EPIC). With EPIC we intend to hold school boards accountable for their spending of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. We are moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, stepparents and friends who are fighting daily to give our children a better education.

      

In partnership with families and advocates in communities nationwide, EPIC will:
     1. Demand transparency from federal, state and local elected officials
     2. Ensure that school boards/districts are authentically engaging families in the
         decision-making process at every turn
     3. Verify that funding is spent on student-centered investments that are rooted in
         access and equity for children most in need

We are grateful to be working with Parents Forum to reach others who share our urgent concerns. Learn more and sign up here:
https://epic.nationalparentsunion.org/get-involved/ 


Editor's notes . . .

Thank you, Vivett! We applaud the National Parents Union’s support for parents during this very difficult time. The other day one of my grown sons, a father of two, told me that he feels as if his personality is changing as a result of working alone, on Zoom, day after day. We all miss the chance meetings and spontaneous conversations that used to be a regular part of our lives. Every little thing must be scheduled now! And here we go, another meeting…

Please join us for Parents ToolTalk Webinar on Tuesday, February 8th at noon ET.
https://relationshiptoolshop.podia.com/ptt-parents-forum

                             

We are calling it ‘No Hard Feelings, Really!’

Also, the teacher in me recommends Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality, by Frank Wilczek. His account of scientific progress over the last several centuries is just fascinating. I readily admit that I understood only a small part of it, but I sensed the delight that physicists take in their work. It struck me that he acknowledged his debt to the public school system of New York City. That takes us back to National Parents Union, where we started this issue of Voices, and their advocacy for excellence in education.

We are in this together and need to work together! We will continue to support NPU and our partners The Confess Project in Little Rock, Arkansas and SARP in Algiers, and we will collaborate with the Listen First Coalition on America Talks and the National Week of Conversation in April. Stay tuned!


Eve Sullivan, Founder, Parents Forum
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 
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