On February 14, the Presbytery held a conversation about race. On a day of snowy weather as well as the fact that it was Valentine’s Day, over 50 people came out for the conversation. One of the major topics of conversation regarding race, was the need to address the public education system in the United States.
In Pennsylvania, POWER has taken up this call with such partners as Public Citizens for Children and Youth, PSEA, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and countless others, to address the inadequate funding formula used to public education. Recently a group of clergy meet with Donna Cooper, the executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth who provided a briefing to us on the present situation and changes that could be implemented to improve funding to school districts throughout Pennsylvania.