Pinellas School Board candidates invited to pledge support at FAST assembly tonight

October 24, 2016. The Tampa Bay Times.

All four Pinellas County School Board candidates have been invited to stand with a faith-based group pushing a bill to curb arrests among children.

Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, has invited the candidates to a St. Petersburg assembly — one of 10 held around the state — to pledge to eliminate out-of-school suspensions, reduce unnecessary arrests and support effective reading curriculum in high-poverty schools.

RISC community group meets to address education issues, joblessness

May 2, 2016. Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Monday evening, the majority of the seats in lower level of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church sanctuary were full at the Great Nehemiah Action Assembly, which was set on tackling education issues in Henrico County and joblessness in the region.

Hundreds gather to demand change in Henrico schools

May 2, 2016. ABC8News.

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Hundreds gathered in Henrico County Monday evening hoping to bring change to failing schools, mainly in the county’s east end.

Monday night was the 13th Annual RISC Nehemiah Action meeting. RISC is an acronym for “Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities.”

Pinellas faith-based group’s rally urges leaders to reduce youth arrests and fix failing schools

April 18, 2016. Tampa Bay Times.

Gwen Anderson made sure administrators at Bay Point Middle School were aware that her eighth-grade grandson was struggling with traumatic childhood experiences.

So when he got five days of out-of-school suspension, Anderson, a former principal, fought it with administrators, feeling that time out of the classroom would only hurt him more.