Keri Rodrigues and Alma Marquez said they were so appalled by the low standards of America's public school teachers unions, they formed the National Parents Union (NPU), so families could have a greater say in their children's education. So we knew from a very young age that he was going to need help.". The NEW and unimproved National Parents Union is simply co-opting the existing organization’s name. There are schools in L.A. with zero percent proficiency in math and English, and those teachers were striking. He is a graduate of Harold Washington College and Oklahoma State University. We believe, education systems must be transformed to eradicate generational, institutions of oppression. The superior school I attended was the private school of my city. Before joining the NYCDOE, Dan was a Partner in the New York office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he led the firm’s east coast labor and employment practice. The NEA and its state affiliates took in over $1.6 billion from 2017–2018, according to financial disclosure reports. Today Jada’s crusade continues to bring awareness to the issues of inequality and injustices that affect lower socio-economic areas. Fox News reached out to The National Education Association (NEA) which represents 3 million members, to see if they will work with NPU going forward. The organization focuses on family court reform, research and public education with the goal to make shared parenting the general norm in every state. I am happy to represent Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Regional Delegate for the National Parents Union. Keri Rodrigues is Matthew, Miles and David’s mom and the Founding President of the National Parents Union. To contact Ms. Bolar, you can user her NPU email at; [email protected], Nehemiah D. Frank is the founding publisher and editor-in-chief of The Black Wall Street Times. The National Parents Union is an independent, grassroots coalition. That is an F. So to say that we have teachers that are getting our kids to where they need to be, I would have to say, no.". Seeing a need for parents to be active in the education of their children, I created the organization Puerto Rico Parent’s Voices, I am the founder and spokesperson of this organization. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. They offer community gatherings to help young men from the ages of 13-25 strengthen their interpersonal skills, as well as teach them how to network and create generational wealth. She has worked at Boston Public Schools, DCF, and Boston Center for Youth and Families. These laws are overwhelmingly popular and have resulted in fewer contested divorces, fewer allegations of domestic violence, and better lives for Kentucky’s children. [email protected], Vivett Dukes is a mom, wife, classroom teacher, writer, educational consultant and public speaker who uses her experience, her acumen, and her platform to eradicate the school-to-prison pipeline and other forms of systemic educational and societal inequities that disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities. When I get mad I organize. “It has become a political negotiation between teachers unions and superintendents and, frankly, parents want off the roller coaster,” said Keri Rodrigues, co-founder of … advancing the voice of the underserved community to gain more equality in public education. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Colleen is the Director of Member Communications for the National Parents Union, a network of highly effective parent organizations and grassroots activists across the country that is united behind a set of common goals and principles to channel the power of parents, as well as a volunteer serving as President of the board for The National Coalition for Public School Options, a national alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children. Yahaira has over 15 years of experience working with children, youth and families in many different capacities. National Parents Union A network of parents and activists putting children and families at the center of education politics and policy. Both women also lamented the falling academic standards across the United States and said they fear that America's children will not be prepared to compete in the global economy if proficiency continues to plummet. Marquez and Rodrigues, both single mothers, self-funded NPU for nearly two years before they received their first grant in October. Their mission is to give young men an opportunity to learn essential life skills to help further themselves and their future. #AutismSprinter #MomvocateMob. He has a background in conflict transformation, community organizing and United Nations peacekeeping. It was through this support that I was able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Arkansas. She is committed to this work not only for them but also for the many youths whose futures are so important. "And those people should be ashamed of themselves. She graduated from Dickinson College and is the proud mother of two teenage sons. You can find him on Twitter at, Can’t pay your mortgage during coronavirus? As a daughter of immigrant parents and as a single mother, I relied on the support of my Northwest Arkansas community to help me navigate educational systems. This experience helped me identify my passion and purpose to provide a space for parents to become powerful advocates for their child’s education. The teacher unions currently have no countervailing force. Bibb has served on the Boards of City Year New York and the Boys & Girls Club of Alexandria, VA and is an active board member with the New York City Leadership Academy. She strongly believes that parents active in the school community and neighborhood organizations have a positive effect on student outcomes. National Parents Union Today at 6:24 PM Join our Director of Policy & Legislation, Christina Laster, for the ... third session of our Winter Advocacy Boot Camp, … Her passion is ensuring all students, especially those pushed out and most marginalized by society and our school systems, have high quality educational experience and are provided comprehensive services. These parents reminded me of my parents. Social Studies Graduate Certificate in Secondary Urban Education with Licensure. [email protected]. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Kelley’s actions were inspired to expand the educational and social opportunities for her children that the existing school could probably not provide. This is crap. Tafshier is an advocate and community organizer based in Newark, NJ. Proving the opportunities now are greater than they’ve ever been; you should use your voice and start your generational success! But it says a hell of a lot about the power of parents and the work we are doing. NPU will give parents the voice they deserve.". "For far too long, the conversation around education has often excluded the biggest and most important advocates for children, their parents. Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 10 are here. K eri Rodrigues is a parent activist in Massachusetts who co-founded the National Parents Union, which unites parents in disrupting traditional education policy discussions to better reflect the needs of families. My oldest son has Asperger’s and ADHD. NPU is set to meet in New Orleans on Jan. 16 to officially unionize and will begin appointing parents to leadership positions across the country. Parents that did not have an education beyond elementary school, resources, or support to make confident decisions for their child’s education. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. I worked for nearly 13 years in the San Diego Unified School District as an early childhood education and a special education para educator. A program designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. In this role, he led negotiations between the Department and the United Federation of Teachers that resulted in a series of groundbreaking reforms, including the city’s highly regarded “mutual consent” system, which gives teachers and schools the primary voice in school staffing. Since that time, Colleen has grown from an advocate for her children into a national advocate for students in her home state of Oklahoma and across the country. NPU unites these organizations behind a common set of principles that put children and families at the center of the national education narrative. Opening the doors to educational options and strong foundations in education that will continue for generations to come. Bibb Hubbard is Founder & President of Learning Heroes. Legal Statement. She founded Learning Heroes to support parents as their children’s most effective education advocate. The National Parents Union is a network of parent organizations and grassroots activists across the country committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in the United States. He is fluent in English and speaks Spanish. I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I gained a deep understanding and appreciation for  culture and diversity. Young premature twins added even more complications. Armed with this experience and success, Rodrigues has served as founder and Mom-in-Chief of Massachusetts Parents United, the largest parent advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, reaching more than 250,000 families across Massachusetts since 2016. Talent is equitably distributed. Parent Impact envisions creating opportunities where parents are partners and leaders in their communities. Keri’s impact extends beyond Massachusetts Parents United as an elected member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, serving on the Executive Committee of the Ethnic Council of the Democratic National Committee and the advisory board of Democrats for Education Reform. As any parent knows, young boys can be a handful. made national headlines in 2011, when she was arrested and served ten days in jail for sending her two daughters outside of their designated school district in Akron. Chief Operating Officer at Parent Impact, an organization created by parents for parents dedicated to empowering, advocating, and connecting families to resources that support their family’s needs for greater outcomes in urban communities. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national online platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students. The National Parents Union is aiming to be exactly what its name implies, an organization that elevates the voice and interests of parents and, by extension their children, into the national conversation. He has public policy experience and is the founder and editor in chief of… When I started showing up at the parent committee meetings at their schools, I quickly realized I was one of the very few parents of color present­ despite our student population being extremely diverse. So I started organizing here in Massachusetts and founded Massachusetts Parents United, the largest parent advocacy group in the commonwealth. This shell group for corporate profiteers and union busters formally begins operating today at a meeting in New Orleans. In his formative years he was actively involved in programs to promote positive lifestyles in youth using education, art, culture, theatre and sports. I graduated from the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science then moving on to earn a Master’s Degree  in Business Administration. We have turned our education system into an employment system and our kids are being left behind.”, Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Her public-sector experience includes positions at the White House and the U.S. Labor Department. A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. Prior to establishing RootED Northwest Arkansas, I served as the Education Program Manager at the Cisneros Center for New Americans. [email protected], Yahaira Lopez is the founder of Autism Sprinter, Inc: a parent led grassroots organization building parents as experts in special education. John 8:32. "We will assemble delegates, agree on by-laws, vote on ratification, and form our union.". B.S. Her twenty-year mission has led to legislative changes throughout the country including guest speaking engagements reliving her unsettling experience on Capitol Hill and the White House. I have helped push legislation through, been a language liaison between schools and low English proficiency families, and have advocated for ELL, immigrant and refugee students and families to make sure they are informed, invited and involved in the education of their children. We believe, in order to effect change and strengthen families, we must provide them with the resources and opportunities to develop their talents and share best practices. It is time to forge a path forward to create space to put education at the top of the list of our national priorities. By 1892, the Parents' Educational Union had added the word "National" to its title to become the Parents' National Educational Union (PNEU). or redistributed. Yahaira knows the struggles of Autism firsthand—she has twin boys on the Autism Spectrum as well as ADHD. in philosophy from Duke University. Marisol Quevedo Rerucha is a proven leader who doesn’t just talk about healing, equity, social justice, and disrupting generational trauma; she has both lived experience and a proven record of doing this work while leading change in education and non-profit systems. Mr. Vigil holds a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and an MA in International Affairs from the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Following her own difficult experience surviving the Massachusetts public school system and receiving her GED from Boston Public Schools, Rodrigues was not surprised when she struggled navigating the education system with her own children. Per the organization’s website: in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. I am Soangelis Rivera Perez, I am 28 years old. Wife, daughter, sister, grandmother. Teachers unions are still recovering from a 2018 Supreme Court decision that eliminated mandatory financial dues, but they still continue to enjoy a sizeable war chest. Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and nonprofit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. I fight for ed justice because I am sick and tired of just being sick and tired of watching my community, the Black community not being able to shine like diamonds as children and then further be oppressed as adults. Marisol has formed and used her voice as an educational advocate for students, parents and our communities, while creating space and providing resources for staff, students, and parents to elevate theirs. I gained confidence in my voice, and I been fight ever since. Market data provided by Factset. This is the national parent movement to build the change needed in national education policy conversations to create the change we need for our families. (May 2019) The National Parents Organization (NPO) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable and educational organization in the United States that promotes shared parenting. I am Christina Laster, proud Black Woman/Afro-latina, mother, grandmother, Civil Rights Activist, and Humanitarian! She also knows that having school choice is important and continues to advocate for the civil rights of Black and brown children to receive an equitable and quality education. National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. He earned an M.S. Stern also warned Rodrigues and Marquez about going up against an opponent with vast financial resources and a lot to lose. She was granted clemency by then-Governor John Kasich who replied, ” When I first heard about this situation, it seemed to me that the penalty was excessive for the offense. Bernita understands that successful community partnerships are authentic and must be built on fidelity. "They are opposed to things that would benefit children. And having twin boys with different levels of unique challenges adds even more difficulties. The National African American Parent Union (NAAPU) was founded in 2007, by Naomi Haywood, a mother of five, with six grandchildren. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Called “arguably the most successful — parent organizer in education advocacy today,” her outstanding commitment to social, economic and educational equity for children and families spans decades. As the daughter of Kelley WIlliams-Bolar, her mother made national headlines in 2011, when she was arrested and served ten days in jail for sending her two daughters outside of their designated school district in Akron. "The numbers speak for themselves. The most important omission may be that there is already a National Parents Union: “The National Parents Union was founded in 2012. Parents trust and expect that education is the great equalizer and school systems of every type must be held accountable for meeting the promise of education for all students — that each student has equitable access to opportunity to launch into a successful future. NPU unites these organizations behind a common set of principles that put children and families at the center of education politics and policy. Bernita Bradley is a social entrepreneur who advocates for and with families in Detroit, Michigan. By supporting the National Parents Union, you will be helping to unite parents of color, low-income parents, special needs parents, single mothers and fathers, grandparents, formerly incarcerated parents and parents in recovery with traditionally represented parent voices to join a vibrant coalition that disrupts the traditional role of parent voice in policy space. Stern, who serves as SEIU's president emeritus, spoke with Fox News and offered his total support. In addition, the penalty could exclude her from certain economic opportunities for the rest of her life. Our mission is to support parents who have lived experience and are authentic voices, advocates and organizers who are engaging, educating and empowering families, neighborhood by neighborhood across the United States. A two-day leadership training event in Las Vegas, NV for current elected officials, individuals seeking to run for public office, and community stakeholders. Foundational to The Village success is understanding that youth and parent voices are key to all great community partnerships and works to be a fair and just liaison between families and institutions. In elementary and middle school I studied at S.U. He holds a J.D. My work at the Cisneros Center allowed me to meet hardworking parents. Fox News also asked for a reply to the accusations leveled by Rodrigues and Marquez, about teachers unions neglecting the needs of students. Bernita is the mother of two beautiful children and a grandmother of one. She’s a community activist, completed collage as a drug and alcohol counselor, ordained pastor, and former task force member for CADRE, Community Asset Development Redefining Education based in Los Angeles, California. Member of National Parents Union and a Council member Continuously an advocate for the education of children and their parents. | Photograph by Steve Kenny. 7.9K likes. The formation of a parents union is specifically designed to disrupt the state of K-12 politics, which is largely controlled by the two national teachers unions. She is available for booking to groups of any size. He is a founding delegate for the National Parents Union and serves on the Reimagining School Safety and Membership Committees. This is where I found my energy and voice when it came to supporting families and communities. She was granted clemency by then Governor John Kasich whom gave her a second chance, and currently, Ms. Bolar’s mother is recognized as a national advocate for education equality and pursues legislative social change that will serve the underrepresented. I found my way in education reform almost a decade ago supporting the work of a public charter schools and Education choice for families. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. A WhatsApp group has already been created for … With that being said, this sparked a new fire in Jada! He is married to artist Jackie Kazarian and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools. A two-day leadership training event in Pittsburgh, PA for current elected officials, individuals seeking to run for public office, and community stakeholders. Dr. Jose Padin from the Cuchillas neighborhood of the town of Corozal, in this school I began my courtship with my current husband. Peter joined the Education Post board in 2018 after stepping down as the organization’s Executive Director. Kelley Williams-Bolar born July 15, 1970 is a native of Akron, Ohio. The National Parents Union is an independent, grassroots coalition. Graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College BS Business Administration. National Parents Union. I was encouraged to say and do something about my situation, as I was learning, I was not alone. As TNTP’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weisberg oversees TNTP’s executive team and all aspects of the organization’s operations, strategy and growth. "Walking out on kids during a strike for example, in schools that have zero percent proficiency is appalling," Marquez continued. His work is featured in TIME Magazine, Education Post, Tulsa People, Citizens Ed, Tulsa World, etc. Knowing that schools were not adequately meeting the needs of students and parents, she turned her focus to education activism, eventually helping other families across the Commonwealth identify and use their voice and place kids at the center of the education discussion. Before TNTP, Dan served as Chief Executive of Labor Policy and Implementation for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the country’s largest public school system. It has to stop. December 29, 2020 at 10:01 AM. That must change. I went back to school to become a teacher, at the same time l, my daughter was getting pushed out, and I couldn’t believe it. That’s why the National Parents Union is so powerful and so important because we need to counterbalance the narrative. 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