Centennial board member joins new national advocacy group

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centennial board member appointed to org

Mark B. Miller, Centennial school board member.


Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 6:56 am, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

Centennial board members joins new national advocacy group By Naomi Hall Staff writer PhillyBurbs.com

Centennial School Board member Mark B. Miller was recently appointed to a new national public education advocacy group, the Network for Public Education.

The network is a national advocacy group that supports grass-roots efforts to defend public education from attempts to privatize, and market public education for corporate gain.

“We want to strengthen grass-roots groups’ ability to mobilize and support candidates that are willing to defend public education,” said Anthony Cody, a founding member of the group’s board of directors.

The group was founded by Diane Ravitch, an author, professor and education researcher from New York, and Cody, a middle school teacher and blog author from Mendocino County, Calif.

Both Ravitch and Cody knew Miller from his public education advocacy work in Pennsylvania.

“He’s been a real staunch advocate for public education,” Cody said of Miller.

Miller, who is a first vice president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, said the network shared his advocacy objectives.

“The Network for Public Education has a national mission that parallels what I’m looking to do in the state together with the state colleagues that I have. As you know, I’m very concerned about the state of public education,” Miller said.

Miller was named to the board on Aug. 1 alongside three other directors from across the nation. They are: Bertis Downs, a public education advocate and professor of entertainment law from Athens, Ga.; Colleen Doherty-Wood, an education advocate who founded Florida’s first statewide grass-roots public education advocacy group; and Sonya Douglass Horsford, an associate professor of education at George Mason University who has researched the issue of segregation and resegregation in U.S. public schools.

The national organization meets via conference calls and Miller says it won’t interfere with his work on the Centennial School Board or state board activities. Miller has served on the Centennial board for seven years, and his current term expires in 2015.

“I’ve never missed a board meeting and I’ve missed very few committee meetings all the time I’ve been on the Centennial School Board. I’ve never missed a PSBA meeting. If you give a busy person something to do, they’ll find a way to get it done,” Miller said.

More information on the Network for Public Education is available at www.networkforpubliceducation.org.

 Naomi Hall: 215-949-4203; nhall@phillyburbs.com

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