Education is a right, not a privilege

July 2, 2010 at 10:28 am 1 comment

Education is a right not a privilege?

I have good news to share. Our proposal for one of twenty Promise Neighborhood federal grants was submitted at the end of last week. The grant will accelerate our East Austin Children’s Promise work and the community transformation and education efforts we have already started, but even if we are not successful with the grant, our Children’s Promise and work will continue.

Whether it was speaking on our behalf at our Children’s Promise breakfast, formally joining our advisory committee or becoming a partner, our proposal enjoys the support of elected city, county and state officials, community and faith based groups, arts organizations, corporations and nonprofit partners. These include, but are not limited to:

  • City of Austin Mayor Pro Tem – Mike Martinez
  • City of Austin Council Member – Chris Riley
  • State Representative – Eddie Rodriguez
  • Travis County Judge – Sam Biscoe
  • Workforce Solutions, Capital Area
  • Austin Community College
  • Huston Tillotson University
  • Central Health
  • Austin CAN Academy
  • Child, INC
  • Boys and Girls Clubs Of The Austin Area
  • El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
  • AMD
  • RunTEX
  • The Paramount Theater
  • Xenogia

I also want to take time to quickly address a story written in the Austin American Statesman (AAS) and published over the weekend concerning AISD’s refusal to work with and support Southwest Key.

Here at Southwest Key we feel it is a disadvantage to the youth in East Austin for AISD to “pick and choose” which community to prioritize when ALL of Austin’s students deserve a quality education and attention.  To be clear, we were not asking for any funds and did not ask to start a new project. We simply requested that they be at the table to plan with us toward meeting AISD’s own strategic plan goals, and asked that AISD let us work with the local schools in this neighborhood. Giving City magazine summarized the issue and our attempts over several months to engage AISD very succinctly, and you can read it here.

However, rest assured this decision will not deter us and only serves to reinforce our efforts to fulfill our promise to the children of East Austin. A promise that allows them the same opportunity to enjoy a quality education that unlocks their potential, and is the catalyst for neighborhood transformation.

Education is a right not a privilege? If you believe that too, please find out more about our East Austin Children’s Promise, become a fan on facebook, and sign up and volunteer at our school or community activities.

My best to you all.

Joella Brooks

Deputy Executive Director, Southwest Key Programs


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