Thursday, September 23, 2004

'House parties' push need for federal education aid

By Cindy Kranz, Enquirer staff writer and Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor

HAMILTON - Retired teacher Alice Walker left an hourlong Hamilton education 'house party' determined to circulate petitions in her neighborhood to seek more federal funding for education.

"I felt it was very informative,'' Walker said. "I will share the information with my neighbors and other parents.''

She was one of a half-dozen current or retired educators who attended the party hosted by Deloris Rome Hudson, a Hamilton Freshman School teacher and president of the Hamilton Classroom Teachers Association.

The house party was part of the National Mobilization for Great Public Schools, a movement to discuss challenges in education.

About 3,800 parties were scheduled across the country, including about 10 in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The nationwide initiative is being led by a coalition of groups that includes the National Education Association, Campaign for America's Future, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,, NAACP Voter Fund and U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.

"We're doing this to energize people and get them working toward great public schools," Hudson said.

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