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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Justice Ministry Update

We are making strides towards this year's BOLD Justice Nehemiah Action on March 18th.  PLEASE mark your calendars!  It's so important that we show our support at this year's action because we are asking that justice be done in the areas of elementary school reading and unemployment in Broward County. 

Elementary School Reading Issue
Facts about the problem:
  • 72% of Broward County elementary schools are below state standard in reading
  • There are 63 elementary schools in Broward County with less than half of their kids passing with a 3 or better on the FCAT
  • 44% of kids in 3rd grade in Broward County cannot read at grade level
  • Students who cannot read are 4 times more likely to not graduate high school
  • 1 in every 10 young male high school dropouts are in jail or juvenile detention
  • 1 in 4 black male high school drop outs are in prison
The Solution
  • Research has shown Direct Instruction (a reading mastery program), when implemented properly with adequate training and support, to be the most effective educational strategy in under-performing schools
  • Superintendent Runcie agreed to implement Direct Instruction in one school at last year's action.  That one school has been picked and training began this month. 
  • At this year's action we will be asking him to implement Direct Instruction into additional schools
Unemployment Issue
Facts about the problem:
  • During recessionary period, Broward County lost 8.3% of its total jobs
  • There are 77,000 people in Broward County who are unemployed
  • 53% of unemployed workers have been unable to find a job for more than 6 months
  • 29% more families fell below poverty line between 2007 and 2010
  • There was a 59% increase in child poverty last year and 16% of Broward County's total population is food insecure
The Solution
  • Local hiring can help
  • San Francisco's new local hiring ordinance is estimated to create an additional 335 jobs each year
  • Local hiring agreements have been proven to provide high quality, high skill jobs to traditionally hard to hire populations
  • At this year's action we will be asking the county commissioners to sign a local hiring ordinance
We are inviting you to be a part of this important work of justice in our community.  God commands us to do justice in Micah 6:8 (which we say every Sunday during our services) and we owe it to our elementary school children to let them know that we have their backs, that they're not forgotten.  We also owe it to our brothers and sisters who are unemployed and want to work to provide for their families.  Please join us at 12:15pm in Munson Mueller Hall on Sunday, February 3rd for a network meeting to find out more information about the upcoming action and how you can help improve people's lives in Broward County.  Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. 

Thank you for your support,

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