E3 Hosts Faith-based Roundtable on Urban School Reform for National School Choice Week

Photo of E3 Faith-based Round Table

In this Picture: Rev Joe Carter, Rev. Ronald Tuff,
Rev. Perry Simmons, Rev. Therman Evans, Vp of Operations Kevin Jenkins, Pastor Tim Merrill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ- As part of National School Choice Week E3, Excellent Education for Everyone hosted a Faith Based roundtable with leading faith leaders of the state on the issue of urban education reform and the role of faith leaders in the effort in New Jersey.

“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 faith leaders who lead our communities in faith, social and cultural issues in the discussion on urban education is imperative to discovering the true needs, opportunities and challenges faced in urban communities, and how to engage these stakeholders in effective systemic and sustainable change in urban education.”

Hosted by E3 Chairman Reverend Therman Evans, MD Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center, Linden, NJ and facilitated by E3 Trustee Reverend Britt Starghill, Pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Camden, NJ more than a dozen leaders from northern, central and southern New Jersey enjoyed a spirited discussion on their leadership role in urban education reform and how to engage their congregants to get involved, define the discussion and lead rather than follow in the effort to create reform in education in their communities.

The result of the roundtable was the formation of the E3 Faith Alliance focusing on education reform for children of color in New Jersey. The E3FA will convene a retreat in the coming months to develop education reform strategies, strategic partnerships and to devise a reform action plan to present to public officials. A blue print for reform in communities will be created to present to faith leaders across the state to help them engage congregations in the urban education reform movement and to reengage them to the value of excellent education in their communities.

E3 is a 501(c)3 organization with a 360° approach to urban education reform that focuses on education, advocacy, educational justice and education reform research to engage stakeholders and reframe the discussion, and the process for sustainable urban education reform.

The Faith-based Roundtable is a program on the E3 Advocacy Training Institute part of the E3 Diamond Institutes of Education, Advocacy and Training, Educational Justice and School Reform Research.

For interview opportunities with Reverend Starghill or Mr. Kevin Jenkins, call E3 at 732-964-3100.


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