CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP THROUGH FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Prince William NAACP Education Committee is committed to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and challenging curriculum.

After careful examination of the Prince William County Public School (PWCS) 2014-15 School Profile data, the Prince William NAACP Education Committee targeted six (6) schools in eastern Prince William County located on the route 1 corridor. The schools targeted were schools accredited with warning. These schools include:

Belmont Elementary              Fred Lynn Middle                  Freedom High

Dumfries Elementary             Rippon Middle

Potomac High (Although Potomac was listed as Accredited with Warning on the online School Profile Data Sheet, we found out at the principal’s meeting that Potomac HS had gained their accreditation for 2014-15)

 The purpose of the meetings was to meet with the principal and other administrative staff to identify the strategies that were in place to strengthen family and community engagement and to offer support to enhance and develop the following strategies:

  1. Increase attendance at local school meetings (Advisory Council, PTSO, etc.).
  2. Provide support and advocacy for parents and guardians of minority students with Teachers and Principals.
  3. Increase enrollment for minority students in gifted programs, Honors/AP courses, specialty programs (IB, Cambridge, Environmental Sciences, etc.), and decrease participation in Special Education classes.
  4. Facilitate visible participation and support and provide feedback to PWCS on issues that impact the delivery of high quality education to the minority student population.

Please click here  to read the report developed by the Education Committee.

 

Annual Open House

Welcome to our Open House:  Would you please take a moment to complete the survey at this link.  Thank you.
Please join us for our 2nd Annual Open House meeting on the 16th of August from 7:30-9:00 at First AME of Manassas. This meeting is an opportunity for you to meet other PW NAACP members and to receive an overview of the unit activities and plans for the rest of the year. To encourage attendance, we are having a members’ raffle, with a $200 prize. To be eligible for the prize you must be present, and your dues must be current.  The raffle drawing will be conducted at the end of the meeting; so if you renew or join during the meeting, you will be eligible. Please share this flyer  with friends and family in the area and encourage their participation. Also visit our Open House Event Page on facebook and invite friends and neighbors.
The PWC NAACP is aware of the challenges we face in the pursuit of equality, and we are working on positive solutions to address problems. We need you to be part of the solution. Get Connected, Get Informed, Get Involved:
·         Did you know that African American businesses only generate 1.2% of the revenue in PWC? Come and hear our plans to do something about that.
·         Did you know that Virginia has the highest suspension and expulsion rate for African American students? Come  and find out what the Education Committee is doing to address this trend.
·         Do you support the use of body worn cameras by local law enforcement? Come and see how you can help advocate for body worn cameras in Manassas, Manassas Park, or Prince William County.
·         Are you concerned about the disproportionate rate  African Americans have lost their voting rights because of felony convictions? Join our team to help returning citizens get their rights restored.
These are the types of issues we discuss at our General Membership meetings and the type of work our committees undertake to address inequality in the Prince William area.
We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, the 16th of August.

Forum on Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization, is holding a forum on August 24th from 7- 9 PM at the Central Community Library located at 8601 Mathis Avenue in Manassas.  The topic of the forum is “Schools and Discipline:  A Discussion on Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.”  As this is an extremely important issue to the African American community, we hope you will attend the discussion.  Click here for a flyer containing additional information.

Voter Registration Assistance Needed

RegisterVoteUnit Member Florence Stewart is coordinating the Voter Registration effort for the PW NAACP.  A number of volunteers are needed if we are to be successful in reaching out to the community to contact and help register unregistered voters. Florence has developed a form to recruit volunteers to assist with a number of activities. Click here to access a form to use in volunteering to help with this important  effort. Please review the form and complete it by identifying areas in which you are willing to assist. Upon completion, please e-mail the form to PoliticalAction@pwnaacp.org.