In the news: Shared prosperity in Durham requires each of us to commit to our public schools now

Shared prosperity in Durham requires each of us to commit to our public schools now
Editorial by Magan Gonzales-Smith
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Recommitting to public education at the state level is essential. But this commitment must start at home — right here in Durham. When we come together, our community has the power to shape the vision for the public schools our students deserve, support our district in implementing that vision, and provide local investment that will make transformative change possible.

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Magan Gonzales-Smith
Durham Public Schools Foundation Hires Executive Director

After an extensive search and hiring process, DPSF is pleased to announce it has hired Magan Gonzales-Smith to be the organization’s Executive Director. Magan's passion for public schools and commitment to education justice is shaped by being the daughter of a first-generation college student and her decade of work with several urban school districts.

“I’m honored to serve the students, educators and families who make up Durham Public Schools in this role. My years working in Durham schools has shown me that we have brilliant students and dedicated educators and I know that when we build community support and investment in them Durham can fulfill the promise of public education for every student.”

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Magan Gonzales-Smith
Durham Public Schools Foundation, Clarion Content

On the first official day of their existence, I met with three representatives of the Durham Public Schools Foundation.

The Durham Public Schools (DPS) Foundation in their own words is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that unites our Durham Public School communities, public- and private- sector resources and community leaders around strategies to strengthen our Durham Public Schools.

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Magan Gonzales-Smith
New foundation asks Durham residents to raise money for public schools, The 9th Street Journal

The state isn’t providing enough money for schools, so business and community leaders say it’s time for the community to pitch in.

They have started a foundation to raise money to support the public schools.

The new Durham Public Schools Foundation, which launched during August’s convocation, lets residents send tax-deductible donations to support the school system. Foundation leaders say the money could help schools pay for expenses the state’s funds cannot cover, such as student field trips or professional development for teachers.

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Magan Gonzales-Smith