$30,000 / 2010, 2011
P.O. Box 276
Lexington, Mississippi 39095
Ellen Reddy, Executive Director
Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) is an intergenerational organizing group that trains and organizes parents and youth to effectively impact the Holmes County school policy and practice and to hold the district superintendent and school officials accountable for providing quality education to all children in the District. As a member of Southern Echo’s Catalyst Roundtable, CQE has played a leadership role in formulating and pushing for important statewide policy reforms including the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Coalition and a successful effort to prevent the Mississippi Department of Education from abandoning a consent decree on behalf of children with disabilities. Hazen’s 2010 and 2011 grants of $30,000 will support the NJFC parent- and student-led education organizing work to develop a multi-district quality schools model, reform zero tolerance student discipline policies and increase parent engagement in the Holmes and Humphreys County School Districts.