General Convention 2015



We are happy to announce that we will be participating in The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church! While we’re there we’ll be supporting the resolution below, calling the church to renew its commitment to building a just society by ensuring every child gets an excellent public education

Resolution B005: Quality Public Education For All

Topic: Education
Committee: 08 – Social Justice and United States Policy
Proposer: The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo

Current version of the text

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 78th General Convention endorse church-school partnerships as a path for following Jesus into the neighborhood, addressing educational inequity, and rejuvenating congregations; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request the ‘All Our Children’ National Network to collaboratively convene an intergenerational symposium on “Children, Poverty, and Public Education: The Role of the Church in Addressing Educational Inequity,” with a report thereon to be submitted to the 79th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention urge church-school partnerships to join the ‘All Our Children’ National Network, and their local public education support initiatives, to hasten the day when quality public education is available to all children.

Explanation

The Episcopal Church’s commitment to quality public education has been articulated by General Convention at least five times since 1988, but in the past twenty-five years public education has deteriorated further – our inequalities are even more savage. The most vulnerable children – those living in poverty; born to recent immigrants; traumatized by violence; or burdened by learning, behavioral, or other disability – are especially harmed.

In 2015, almost 38 million school-age children live in poverty and look to their local public schools for the meals, fitness, arts, literacy, math, and science they need to grow into their full potential. Most of their schools do not have the resources they need to meet the daunting task of giving these children a chance. Yet in 23 states per pupil state and local funding is lower in poor districts than in rich ones.

The church speaks a word of truth into this bleakness – holding a mirror to this scandal with unvarnished clarity… READ MORE

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