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Multifaith coalition urges Cleveland schools to restore programs

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In its first major public action, Greater Cleveland Congregations, a newly formed coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques, is calling on the Cleveland school district to restore programs recently cut to save money.

Baltimore Education Coalition fights planned cuts to education budget

Looming state budget cuts directed at Baltimore city’s school are facing strong resistance from the  Baltimore Education Coalition, a group of non-profits, churches and schools planning a major rally in Annapolis on Feb

In debate, mayoral candidates vow to double youth jobs

Candidates vying to be Baltimore's next mayor promised Thursday evening to double funding for after school programs, create 1,000 summer jobs for youth and renovate or rebuild all of the city's schools.

Group Organizes Litmus Test For 4 Mayoral Candidates

A candidates forum sponsored by Baltimore City's oldest and largest faith-based organization drew four candidates on Thursday.  

After Council Balks, Bronx Schools Project Is Withdrawn

It is the single biggest project in the biggest school construction plan in the history of New York City: a $235 million campus of four schools, with a football field and basketball courts, to be built on old railyards in the South Bronx. Local groups that pushed for the plan cheered wildly when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg endorsed it two years ago.

Nurturing small schools without hurting big ones

VIRGINIA GONZALEZ marched through the dismal drizzle of a late November morning in the South Bronx. She made her way past the bodegas, video stores and housing projects of Mott Haven, crossed over a tangle of railroad tracks, and descended into several acres of urban underbrush. Weeds stood shoulder-high. Chunks of concrete and drainpipe lay in heaps. A car chassis rusted beside chain-link fence.
    
"The promised land," Ms. Gonzalez announced to several companions, and she spoke with not a trace of irony...

Strickland revists campaign promises

A year after candidate Ted Strickland promised a faith-based coalition that he would work on their issues of jobs, health care and education, Gov. Ted Strickland returned last night to assess how he's done in his first 11 months in office.

More than 500 people jammed Trinity Baptist Church on St. Clair Avenue to hold Strickland accountable for campaign promises he made a year ago when he was a candidate for governor...

Clergy members push for education reforms

Clergy members from three Ohio cities urged the governor and lawmakers today to fix the school-funding system, saying they have a moral obligation to ensure that students in poor communities have the same opportunities as those in wealthier areas. "Our overreliance on property taxes has left too many students - especially in urban and rural districts - with an inadequate education," said Sam Gresham, co-chairman of Faith Vote Columbus, a coalition of churches, neighborhood organizations and labor unions...

Under mayor's control, the schoolkids are doing all right

Contrary to both the prepackaged reports that some media outlets have produced and the myths created by the opponents of mayoral control, parents all across the city favor the mayor's role in leading the public schools. It is not news; this movement began nearly 20 years ago...

Turn it around

No matter how energetic he is, Andrés Alonso can't take street values out of the schools by himself. He needs the community to see that things can be better — and step up to achieve that. The day Andrés Alonso dreaded came the Friday before Thanksgiving. For his first year and a half as Baltimore schools chief, the system was showing unprecedented progress. Four decades of enrollment decline ended. Test scores were their best since the state started keeping track. The graduation rate? Up. Suspensions? Down...

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