A packed house of 150 leaders attended VIP’s Civic Academy to learn the intricacies of the state’s Education Finance Crisis. VIP Leader Jessica Johnson taught the VIP Budget Civic Academy and Rick Marhle, VIP Leader from Paradise Valley United Methodist Church moderated an in-depth conversation between Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association, and Michael Hunter, Vice President for state and fiscal affairs at the Goldwater Institute.
Leaders from the Scottsdale cluster of Valley Interfaith Project gathered at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in a local follow up session to a larger leaders meeting in June. In photo, Rony Assali of the Scottsdale Education Association recounts the work in the recent Scottsdale School District override election and the need to build on that success in the fall.
Valley Interfaith Project leaders in western Maricopa County gathered in El Mirage on August 15th for a regional leaders training session on local organizing. Leaders from predominantly Hispanic/Latino churches, schools, and community groups studied the importance of institutions in public life and then engaged in careful listening to pressures on families in house meetings. The group strategized work for a school district override measure on the November ballot, and they are planning for house meeting campaigns as well as research actions around secondary and post-secondary education.