Welcome to K-12 News Network (K12NN). (We’re on your mobile phone too.) We launched in January of 2011. Here’s our mission statement.
I’m Cynthia Liu, the founder. I’m the parent of an elementary school-aged child. We’ve had him in private preschool, considered a public charter for maybe two minutes and homeschooling for about 30 seconds, and he currently attends a public school. I tell you all this because I want to acknowledge that there are a lot of options open to parents with school-aged children. And each family will have to make decisions right for them based on their specific circumstances.
But given all the choices, I’d like to make sure that public school is a true option–one that offers an excellent education at no cost and to any child. So the focus here will be on making public education live up to the promise it holds to all Americans.
Where school systems are clogged with bureaucracy, how can we make them more nimble and responsive? Where teachers are using the most effective, creative, and compelling methods, how can we replicate that in as many classrooms as we can? Where students are doing daring, brilliant, amazing work, how can we encourage that spark in other students who don’t see the need or the path to doing the same in their own lives?
I’m really interested in the world that researchers and education policymakers reflect back to us. But at the same time, schools are places where news is made every day, by parents (mostly women), educators, and students. I created K-12 News Network to make sure those voices could be heard, because it will take all of us, talking and working together, to make our schools the best they can be.
Here’s a great example of how I believe parents, teachers, and students can organize to strengthen and improve public schools:
I hope you’ll join the conversation and be moved to action. We exist to enable you to take action with others in your community.
Once again, here’s our mission statement.
K12 News Network.com Press Mentions
The Australian, January 2011
The China Post, February 2011
The California School Funding Map Tool, May 5, 2011
K12 News Network released a California School Funding Map Tool in early May in collaboration with the grassroots group Parents for Great Education. It lets all Californians see what the impact of an all-cuts budget is on K-12 education by school district, Assembly, and State Senate district.
Below, press on our map tool:
ABC KGO-TV, May 2011
San Jose Mercury News, May 2011
LA Times, May 2011
The LA Progressive, May 2011
ShePosts, May 2011
MomsLA, May 2011
Blogher.com, June 2011
Daily News Los Angeles, May 2011
Bloomberg Business Week, May 2011
Santa Clarita Signal, May 2011
NewsBlaze, May 2011
Inside Socal, May 2011
California Budget Project, May 2011
Education Web news, May 2011
The California Education Voter’s Guide to the Primary Election, 2012 press:
L. A. Progressive, May 2012
The Alamedan, September 2012
HuffPo Education, September 2012
PBS, December 2012