December 10, 2016
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Al Sharpton to Join Ed. Sec. Duncan in Phila. to Bolster Reform in Schools

 

SHARPTON, GINGRICH AND DUNCAN BEGIN EDUCATION TOUR TO EXPOSE CHALLENGES AND HIGHLIGHT REFORMS IN PHILADELPHIA

 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and civil rights leader Al Sharpton will join U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on a visit to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 29, as the first of several cities they will tour this fall to expose educational challenges, highlight bold reforms and rally support for greater transparency and accountability in all schools, higher learning standards, lifting restrictions on the growth of high-quality charter schools, turning around low-performing schools, and improving principal and teacher quality.

 

“In the global economy of the new century, the jobs of the future will go to the best educated.  Today, however, American education is at a crossroads.  One path leads to reform and progress, a better-trained workforce and a well-informed citizenry.   Another path leads to the status quo: only 70% of students graduating; about 40% of 25 to 34 year-olds with a two-year or four-year college degree; double-digit achievement gaps among whites, Hispanics and African-Americans; stagnating performance on international tests. Our hope is that these school visits and conversations will inspire the full array of stakeholders to set aside partisanship and ideology and join together in support of a common education reform agenda that addresses our core challenges and provides every child in every school the very best education possible,” Sharpton, Gingrich and Duncan said in a joint statement

 

The tour, an outgrowth of their meeting with President Obama last spring, will include school visits, stakeholder meetings and media briefings.  The goal is to bring key stakeholders together and generate open and honest dialogue on ways to make America more economically and intellectually competitive by improving public education.  Other stops scheduled include New Orleans on Nov. 3rd and Baltimore on Nov. 13th.   Cities were chosen both for logistical reasons and for what they can show about school reform. More stops will be added as the tour progresses.

 

WHAT & WHEN: 

Visit to Mastery Charter School on Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • 10 a.m. Arrival

  • 10:15 a.m. First Classroom visit Ms. Sulayman’s 11th grade classroom community circle- OPEN PRESS

  • 10:35 a.m. Second Classroom visit Ms. Finn-Ailer’s 9th grade class- CLOSED PRESS

WHERE:

Mastery Charter School, Shoemaker Campus

5301 Media Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

WHO: 

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Speaker Newt Gingrich

Reverend Al Sharpton

Chairman Archie, School Reform Commission

Dr. Ackerman, Superintendent                                                                                  

Scott Gordon, CEO

Ben Rayer, Chief, Charter, Partner & New Schools

 

WHAT & WHEN:

Visit to Delaplaine McDaniel School on Tuesday, Sept29

  • 11:30 a.m. Arrive

  • 11:40 a.m. Classroom visit Ms. Bushnell’s 4th grade literacy class- CLOSED PRESS

  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch with McDaniel principals, teachers, administrators and parents- CLOSED PRESS

  • 1:15 p.m. Panel:  Roundtable Discussion with local elected and community leaders- CLOSED PRESS

  • 2:15 p.m. Press Conference at the McDaniel outdoor playground- OPEN PRESS

WHERE:

Delaplaine McDaniel School                         

1801 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia

 

WHO:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Speaker Newt Gingrich

Reverend Al Sharpton

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

Chairman Archie, School Reform Commission

Dr. Ackerman, Superintendent

                                               



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