Baldwin County’s Great Conversation
Baldwin County’s Great Conversation” With the impending sunset of a penny sales tax (May 1, 2018), the Education Coalition is coordinating efforts to inform citizens of the impact to our school system should the penny sales tax expire. Citizens have been to the polls FOUR TIMES in the past SIX YEARS to protect our schools from funding cuts. Despite those efforts, our children receive less money per student for public education than in 2008. The initiative, Baldwin County’s Great Conversation for stable funding of our public schools, will launch January 2017 and close April 2017. Anyone interested in hosting a conversation, please email: email@example.com
Community Advisory Task Force
Following a failed property tax referendum in March 2015, the Education Coalition facilitated the work of a Community Advisory Task Force (CATF) established by the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE). The diverse group of concerned citizens thoroughly examined and provided counsel for actionable steps regarding the future of public education in Baldwin County in each of five areas: Communication, Curriculum, Facilities, Funding and Leadership. Task Force members collectively invested more than 1,200 volunteer hours into the initiative and submitted a Final Report requesting BCBE officially adopt the recommendations therein.
Yes We Can Baldwin
Co-Owned Strategic Plan
A vision is a target that beckons.
Our Coalition believes a vision compelling enough to change the way we do business in education is only possible by engaging enough citizens to make that vision crystal clear.
Developed by the Mobile Area Education Foundation in 2001, Yes We Can has since been used successfully by several Alabama communities to seek public input and provide accountability for school reform. We use the Yes We Can public engagement model to capture the authentic voice of Baldwin citizens and to clarify their aspirations for our community and schools.
Over the summer of 2010, the Coalition organized and conducted 85 Yes We Can Community Conversations in homes, churches and community centers throughout the county. More than 1,300 people took part in Phase I of the initiative that produced the Community Agreement and a subsequent Co-owned Strategic Plan.
We will continue applying the Yes We Can public engagement model to remain true to our community’s vision for 21st century schools.