Episcopal churches look to strength public education

tjndc5-5jh44wl8lp51a0ej0nyy_layout.jpgEpiscopal Bishop of New York Mark Sisk (left) is holding a conference on public education on Saturday (Nov. 1) at the Cathedral School in NYC (112th and Amsterdam Avenue).

The keynote speaker will be the renowned author and education critic Jonathan Kozol.

Deputy NYC Mayor Dennis Walcott will also speak. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The 2007 Diocese of NY convention resolved that “every parish is encouraged to work with its community and youth to develop a partnership with a local public school that can ensure every youth has access to a high-quality education.”

Saturday’s conference will mark the launch of “All Our Children,” a program to encourage churches to strengthen public schools. Nine parishes are part of the pilot program. One of them is Christ Church in Bronxville, which is offering drama, music and dance programs to children from Mount Vernon and Bronxville.

“All Our Children has the potential to change so many lives — in the partner schools and in the parishes,” said Bishop Catherine Roskam, assistant bishop of the diocese.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.