Strategic Advocacy

A vibrant public school system is a vital part of a prosperous community. Guilford County Schools (GCS) attracts jobs and families to our area. In partnership with Guilford County’s seven colleges and universities, GCS is essential in providing employers with the talented workforce that they need.

With a $700M annual budget, over 73,000 students and more than 10,000 employees, GCS is also a major economic and cultural force in our community – and its graduates will shape our community for years to come.

In short, education is everyone’s business. 

GEA is relentlessly optimistic about the future of Guilford County.  Our community is on the cusp of some incredible opportunities and we want to ensure that our public schools help us seize those opportunities. That is where GEA’s advocacy work comes into play.

What We Do
GEA advocates to and on behalf of the community for strong investment in Guilford County Schools. We are committed to maximizing support for GCS and creating public schools where all children experience great learning and are prepared for a prosperous future.

Who We Are
GEA’s Advocacy Strategy Team is co-chaired by Afi Johnson-Paris of Ward Black Law and Tony Jarrett, regional vice-president, Triad and Central Charlotte, at Allen Tate Company. Our Team includes GEA board members Kevin Gray (Weaver Foundation), Mindy Oakley (Armfield Foundation) and Skip Moore (founder of GEA), as well as Rebecca Buffington (former Board of Education member) and Cecelia Thompson (Action Greensboro).

How We Advocate
We are working to build a broad base of support across the community; develop relationships with elected officials at the local and state level; and engage others with influence in our community to equip them with the information that they need to weigh in on important policy discussion.

2018 Strategic Advocacy Priorities

  • State and local bonds to address critical capital and infrastructure issues now and in the future.
  • Targeted investments in career and technical education to develop a pilot P-TECH high school; implement new integrated career pathways; and expand hands-on career exploration in middle school.
  • Robust state and county investments in GCS operations to achieve six strategic goals outlined by the GCS strategic plan.
  • Regulatory reform and flexibility to modernize for the 21st century with funding and strategies.

Interested in learning more?  Download GEA’s  2018 Legislative Priorities here.  

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