Mayor Kevin Johnson poses with Connecticut State Representative Charlie L. Stallworth at the Faith Leader's National Education Policy Summit. Dr. Steve Perry delivers "The Change Needed" keynote address.

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Bishop Charles E. Blake, Rev. Floyd Flake, and Rep. Charlie L. Stallworth speak during the Case Studies of Education Reform Advocates in the Faith Community Panel.

On September 21, 2012, over 130 faith leaders convened in Atlanta for a National Faith Leaders Education Policy Summit hosted by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and STAND UP for Great Schools, in partnership with StudentsFirst. The conference made one thing clear – our community is in a crisis and education is the answer.

As a result of this historic convening, members of the faith community across the nation are coming together to join a national coalition for education reform, leading the charge for change. The faith community understands that education is the civil rights issue of this generation.

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Dr. Steve Perry delivers his "The Change Needed" keynote address at the 2012 National Faith Leaders Education Policy Summit.

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Did you know only 34% of American 4th graders can read at their grade level? That is one out of every three students! For African American students, statistics are worse. Only 16 percent – or every 1 in 6 – can read at their correct grade level. Moreover, African American students are twice as likely to drop out of high school.

We need drastic change today, and we need your assistance. Help us rise up for our children - their future cannot wait.
The first step to building an effective movement involves unifying the people. Through this coalition, we are uniting people of faith across the nation to speak with one voice, and orchestrating the call for change. Together, we have the power to stand up and be heard. In an effort to build the Faith Community Coalition, we must increase our numbers and expand the movement. Our goal is to reach 10,000 coalition members by November 30th! Please review the Leadership Tool-Kit and contact information below for resources on how you can make your voice heard.
Feel free to utilize these materials and help us reach our goal of 10,000 members. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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