Gary to Host Community Conversation on Education
March 11, 2014 – The city of Gary will partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Department of Education to host a “Community Conversation” to discuss ways to improve educational opportunities in the city.
The announcement was made this week as part of NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington. In addition, a “memorandum of understanding” was signed between NLC and the Dept. of Education that lists three goals for participating cities to focus on: early childhood education, afterschool and post-secondary attainment.
In a press release following the announcement, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said “This is a great opportunity for the city of Gary to discuss an issue that is of universal concern to local residents and paramount to the future viability of our community. We understand that many of young people are concerned with basic issues such as food, clothing and shelter. This fact makes it difficult to focus on the demands of school and we have to provide extra support to the children and educators to insure the achievement of our students. We will invite all parties who hold the best interests of our children to join in this conversation.”
The release went on to say that Gary’s Community Conversation will focus on creating a network of support for the K-12 educational system, including afterschool, mentoring, and summer programs.
Community Conversations will be held in 14 cities across America, focused on closing achievement gaps (including for young men of color) and increasing student outcomes, including non-academic outcomes, with specific focus on social-emotional skills.
A date has not yet been announced for Gary’s Community Conversation.