Thank you to everyone who voted for us! The good news is that we came in first in our category! That’s 33% of what determines who’ll win. Now that public voting is over, we advance to the next round, where a panel of judges will decide the remaining 66% and if K12NN should win the seed grant. You’ve helped us meet an important goal and shown there’s strong public interest in our site — now wish us luck as the judges do their work!
We’ll keep you posted on the results.
With your help, K12NN could win a $10,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support our growth in 2012!
Earlier this fall, I was selected as one of several accomplished journalists of color as a UNITY/NewU Fellow for 2011. At an intense 3-day workshop in Las Vegas, we refined pitches of our projects, networked with outstanding mentors and among ourselves, and fine-tuned our business models. I met really wonderful people who all have fantastic ideas that are already out in the world. It’s exciting that each one of us brings diversity to the startup world, and we’re continuing UNITY’s mission to make sure a wide range of multicultural perspectives inform newsgathering and information that reaches varied audiences.
The point of UNITY/NewU is to help news-based startups get seed funding. The Ford Foundation has partnered with UNITY to award $10,000 to four startups. Part of the process involves crowd-sourcing votes, and part of the process depends on the expert opinions of judges.
Won’t you please vote for K12NewsNetwork.com? In this year alone we’ve accomplished a lot:
- A California School Funding Map Tool launched in the spring of 2011 with our partner Parents for Great Education
- Contributors from age 13 to 70 — authentic student, teacher, and parent voices
- Podcasts featuring Todd Farley on the farce of standardized testing,
- NYC-based parent leader Leonie Haimson on co-location issues dividing parents at existing neighborhood schools from parents at charters and the onslaught from billionaire interests trying to take over public schools
- Investigative reporter Lee Fang on online learning companies’ anti-democratic attempts to privatize public schools around the nation
- Researcher and writer Rachel Tabachnick on the religious right’s efforts to push school voucher programs and bizarre concepts like “biblical capitalism”
- Four community activist parents who ran for school board in Seattle (two of whom won!)
- A California School Funding 101 workshop attended by parents, school board members, and possible candidates for state legislature
- A successful campaign to urge Governor Brown to sign AB250 into law
In the coming year, we’d like to build a community network component to our website to provide parents, educators, and students with social media-optimized tools so communities can organize themselves to effectively secure full funding for schools, a rich curriculum that’s broad and deep and taught by experienced, caring teachers, and ensure active parent and community participation in neighborhood schools across the country.
Please vote here as often as you can until January 3, 2012. Thanks for your support!