Another correction: "No more jails" event is on Tuesday, October 1st

Correction to my previous post about packing the house:

 

 

The Meeting with the Champaign County Finance Committee meeting is TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 1st. Sorry about that. Following is the full informational message:

 

NO MORE JAILS IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY!!!

Help Us Pack This Meeting. The Board’s Finance Committee will be discussing the 2014 budget.  Join us at this meeting and show your support for cutting the budget for jail spending and re-directing the money to programs to build our communities.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6 P.M. AT BROOKENS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, 1776 E. WASHINGTON, URBANA

Also:

*Send a petition to Al Kurtz, Chair of the County Board to let the County know you support prevention not detention:http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/build-programs-not-jails?source=c.url&r_by=8795533

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Two "Pack the House" events

Putting out the last-minute call to “pack the house” in two seemingly separate events:

  1. TONIGHT! The “town hall” meeting at the Mellon Center to discuss the future high school site. 6pm – 8pm
  2. NO MORE JAILS IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY!!!” Tuesday, October 1st at 6 p.m. at the Brookens Admin Building, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana for a public meeting with Dr. Kalmanoff and the County Board. More info on the CUCPJ website

I say “seemingly separate” because most people probably think these two things have nothing in common. However, I would contend that they have a LOT in common, especially in our community. As we think about the future of public education in Champaign, we must also consider why we have so many fellow citizens in our jails. A measure of a successful public educational system should be how ready the graduates (all students, even those that drop out of the system) are to participate in and contribute to society. Overcrowded jails should be a shameful statistic for our entire community.

Some other events this week:

Anti-Bullying Moving Screening, Thursday, October 3rd at 5:30 pm, Centennial High School

A screening of the documentary Bully will kick off this evening. After the movie there will be a panel discussion to address questions, concerns and suggestions the audience has regarding the topic of bullying.

Included on the panel are:

  • Erika Harold, former Miss America
  • Dr. Dorothy Espelage, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michelle Petty, Eastern Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
  • Champaign Police Officer Ed Wachala, Centennial SRO
  • Principal Sara Sanders, Franklin Middle School
  • Dr. Susan Zola, Assistant Superintendent

This event is free and open to the Unit 4 community

Coming up:

PTA Safety Forum, October 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Southside Elementary School