The Aim Higher subcommittee of FOR is continuing to expand its advocacy work in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). As part of that work, we asked the eight school board candidates in the JCPS school district 4 race (to fill a vacated seat in southwest Jefferson County) to respond to 13 questions in six different issue areas—equity in academic outcomes; experiencing and benefiting from diversity; proactive behavior management and suspension reduction; student privacy; equitable college and career readiness; and management, budget, and funding priorities.
Read all the responses in a single document on the Aim Higher page:
We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a means of radical social change through education and coalition building. We engage social justice issues through nonviolent action locally, nationally and globally.
The chapter’s current programs include education and advocacy through our monthly newspaper, FORsooth, the monthly Third Thursday Lunch speakers series, the weekly vigil to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine (Friday 12 noon at the corner of 6th and Broadway), and FOR’s Aim Higher Committee, which works to stem the influence of the military in the lives of young people and, through the Peace Essay Contest, encourage students to learn and write about nonviolent conflict resolution.
We are especially excited about our two newest projects. The biggest news is that FOR has won FCC approval to establish a community low-power FM radio station FORward Radio. In addition, Aim Higher is expanding its advocacy work in the Jefferson County Public Schools, challenging JCPS to shift attention and resources toward reducing racial and other disparities in student achievement and discipline, thus better preparing all students for success in the civilian world.