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Keeping Up with School Choice Activist – Angel Cordero

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by Valerie Smith

As a member of the E3 Team, Angel Cordero of Camden has been one of the leading School Choice Activists in the State of New Jersey.  Most recently, Angel has extended his advocacy work in Washington, DC as a guest of Public School Options.  Representing E3 and the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Angel networked with some of the top Education Choice Campaigners in the nation and got to experience grass root advocacy on Capitol Hill.

“I’ve never been to Washington, DC before and it was great to be able to see such a beautiful city and its’ monuments and to be at Capitol Hill where the action takes place.  Being able to see our Capitol City made me very proud!” he added.

Public School Options, a national alliance of parents supporting and defending parental rights to access the best public school options for their children, is now active in New Jersey and they are calling for more public school options, including charter schools, virtual schools, magnet schools, open enrollment policies and other innovative education programs in the Garden State. The national organization boasts 77,000 grassroot activists in nearly 32 states.

The Trenton based chapter of the national organization represents more than 40,000 NJ families who have expressed interest in public school options, the more than 1,000 families who have already enrolled or sought enrollment in public charter schools using  “virtual” or “blended” learning methods, and the more than 100 parents who have already expressed interest in becoming parent “advocates” for the NJ chapter.

Unfortunately, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranks New Jersey’s charter school laws #29, while the Center for Education Reform gives NJ a grade of “C”.  Not good and definitely not meeting Angel’s standards for education reform for one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the nation – the City of Camden.  Camden’s failing schools have well over a 50% drop out rate!

Angel met Nina Rees, President & CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and got to speak to her about the need for more school choice.  Nina is very familiar with the work of E3 but hadn’t meet Angel before this conference.  Nina had known of Angel’s drop-out recovery program in Camden, Community Education Resource Network (CERN), from the movie “The Cartel” so both advocates got to meet in person and share some thoughts about the school choice movement in NJ.

In addition to meeting Choice Supporters from all over the nation, Angel had the opportunity to reach out to two of NJ’s Congressman.  Staffers from both Congressman Lance’s office  and Congressman Payne’s office greeted the NJ Choice Team and listened with interest to parents, advocates, and a student explain why choice is so important.  Angel gave strong testimony about the sorrowful plight of Camden’s youth.

“This has been a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for me to learn more about the choice movement in other states and on Capitol Hill.  Most importantly, I was able to tell school choice movers and shakers, who have the power to help and better our children, about how important school choice is to the people and City of Camden,” Cordero stated.

If you are interested in learning more about school choice or possibly getting involved in the movement, please contact the E3 team or Angel Cordero at  AngelCordero54@gmail.com

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Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

Published on May 8, 2013

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now — and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel. (more…)

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Meet the Leaders – New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 (Full Episode)

All four parts of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 Special Edition of Meet the Leaders.

The topic: Urban Education Reform

On the Show:
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Dr. Walter Farrell
Honorable Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly
Honorable Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Host Alfred Bundy
Honorable Assmeblyman Troy Singleton
and last but not least…
Kevin Jenkins, E3 VP of Operations and Marketing.

The panel dives deep into discussion about the past, present and future of urban education and the possible solutions that we can implement now to fix it.

For more video like this please visit our E3 Media page.

Meet the Leaders – New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 (Part 1)

 

Meet the Leaders – New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 (Part 2)

 

Meet the Leaders – New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 (Part 3)

 

Meet the Leaders – New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 (Part 4)

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Meet the Leaders – New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 (Part 1)

This is part 1 of 4 for the New Jersey Black Issues Convention 2012 Special Edition of meet the Leaders.

The topic: Urban Education Reform

On the Show:
(Left)
Dr. Walter Farrell
Honorable Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly
Honorable Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Host Alfred Bundy
Honorable Assmeblyman Troy Singleton
and last but not least…
Kevin Jenkins, E3 VP of Operations and Marketing.

The panel dives deep into discussion about the past, present and future of urban education and the possible solutions that we can implement now to fix it.

E3TV will continue to bring you the best Urban Education Reform discussion on the web. If you like what you see then you will definitely want to subscribe to our youtube channel.

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“All In” with Chris Hayes Segment I – Georgia Cheating Scandal

MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, Pedro Noguera, and Derrell Bradford of Better Education for Kids (B4K) discuss the Atlanta cheating scandal and testing policies in education.

To cheat on a test is to cheat the children of this country to a quality education. Cheaters always get caught.

 

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Camden, America’s poorest city, fights crime, poverty

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Rock Center   |  March 08, 2013

In America’s most dangerous and poorest city, Camden, N.J., bullet holes are visible in a church’s stained glass window, crosses commemorating the murdered line the outside of city hall and the police staff is so outnumbered and outgunned, drug deals occur in the open. Rock Center’s Brian Williams visits Camden and talks to those fighting to turn around the forgotten city.

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E3 Parent Roundtable @ St. Benedict’s Preparatory School – National School Choice Week 2013

“Parents and communities of color have been left out of the most important discussion (urban education reform) since the civil rights movement,” said Kevin Jenkins VP of Operations for E3.” “Engaging parents in the discussion, leading the process of reform utilizing the input of the stakeholders themselves is the only way to affect effective, systemic and sustainable change in urban education.” (more…)

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