Showing posts with label City of Peoria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label City of Peoria. Show all posts

Friday, July 12, 2013

First Annual Moonlight Coalition Walk

Event Details
The Moonlight Coalition invites you to walk around the Stadium Park, Peoria Stadium and surrounding playing fields. Whether you're young or old, a current or former athlete, a sports fan, a concerned neighborhood representative, or a green space advocate; we invite everyone to join us to show your support for maintaining this recreational facility in the heart of the City of Peoria.

Friday, July 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m., at Stadium Park
(corner of East Lake Avenue and New York Avenue)
adjacent to the Peoria Stadium

About the Moonlight Coalition
The Moonlight Coalition for Adult Learning provides accessible, flexible GED and adult literacy education to adults ages 17 and over where they reside. Moonlight provides programming first at Proctor Recreation Center and at other locations as needed.

Mission
By focusing accessible education opportunities in the Peoria, Moonlight will help to re-emphasize the importance of education and literacy. With a GED, residents who are unemployed or underemployed currently will be able to access higher paying jobs, increasing their economic stability and by association, that of the targeted neighborhood.

Hedy Elliott-Gardner (second photo from right), Director and a few of her students/graduates.
Description
The Moonlight Coalition for Adult Learning ("Moonlight") was originally established in 1994 to provide organized activities for young members of the community to combat juvenile delinquency and prevent crime. Organized sports like basketball were combined with GED instruction as a way to break down barriers for those who thought formal education wasn't accessible or "cool".

Today, Moonlight focuses on providing easy access to GED education for those seeking to earn their high school diploma. In direct contrast to other programs that only take new students at the beginning of each semester and that are located outside of local communities, Moonlight focuses on providing accessible open education opportunities, reaching those in need of support in the communities where they live and work.

Staying true to its origins, the Moonlight Coalition also works to ensure accessibility to quality recreational facilities for all members of the community - especially youth and the under served.

Click here for more information and to register for the Walk.

Click here to see Moonlight Coalition for Adult Learning on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Over crowding and inequality in education - Peoria, Illinois

Where is the ACLU when you need them? They sue for over crowded prisons - they need to sue District 150 for over crowded schools.

A new school boundary map was made and schools were closed. Parents were given a handful of schools, where children are learning, that they could scramble and beg to attend. Today we read that Glen Oak Community School and Harrison Community School are filled beyond capacity.

While the schools North of Forrest Hill are not seeing classrooms bursting at the seams and children failing to learn; the schools South of Forrest Hill are. Additionally, the schools are all set up on some type of program schematic that place students on a different learning trajectory than their "peers" out North. When questioned about why the classrooms are so crowded, the Superintendent of Schools says: 

"I don't know where people are coming from...,"

How is this an acceptable response to the very real problem of classrooms packed beyond building code?

I will guarantee you, new people are not coming to Peoria feinding to attend Glen Oak or Harrison Community School. These are the same lower economic citizens that the City and the Schools have agreed it is okay to herd in this way. 

Inequality in education is a market in Peoria - it has been for generations. Folks coming from communities far and wide to make money off of the under educated parents with children who live in this town. Millions and millions of dollars in grant money has flooded into this community for the last several years, but ain't nothing changed. We continue to get what we got - maybe even worse

So what is the Board of Education going to do for all of these kids crammed into a couple of buildings? How will they remedy this heinous situation? Will they open up more schools; will they open up the boundaries and allow more students to get waivers; or will they continue to allow the most vulnerable students in the City of Peoria to be treated in this way? Unfortunately  I think I know the answer to these questions - they will do nothing. 

I am thoroughly disgusted with this situation - THIS IS WRONG!

Peoria Story has the scoop from last night's School Board Meeting.