In New Jersey, a group of activists live by the principle of limited government. It may be common for many to turn to government to solve the problems of a less than adequate system of education, but others in the State believe that government interference has been the very force that has escalated New Jersey’s education problems. As School Choice Week approaches, some groups in the State are relying on legislators to correct the problems they have created but others believe that New Jersey’s best hope for rectifying its educational problems rests with its citizens.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Government isn’t the answer to our problems, government is our problem.” How do those who believe in limited government approach finding solutions that will improve education in a fair and equitable manner? If they are earnest and sincere, they may start a discussion that includes those involved in the academic system at various levels. That is exactly what The New Jersey Tea Party Caucus in conjunction with Smart Girl Politics has done. The have assembled, perhaps the most dynamic event in the entire state of New Jersey if not, the country to kick off School Choice Week.
First up to the plate was Bob Bowdon, creator of the educational documentary “The Cartel”. Mr. Bowdon will personally play a prominent role as discussion moderator of this historic event. He will also be previewing his most recent video clips that are relevant to the discussion and will be available after the Question/Answer period for a meet and greet with the event’s attendees.
Dr. William Moloney, former Education Commissioner from Colorado who has served in various capacities within the academic field for over 30 years will be one of the distinguished panelists. Dr. Moloney will be one of three out-of-state contributors. Philip Kilgore, Director of the Charter School Initiative of Hillsdale College and Dr. Terrence O. Moore, also from Hillsdale College will join Dr. Moloney. All three men have had accomplished careers in education and are well-known catalysts for positive change in education nationwide.
While New Jersey may have a deficit in producing quality public education, it has no shortage of competent and committed activists fighting this issue. Several of these admirable activists will be contributing to the panel discussion. Among them are Derrell Bradford, the Executive Director of Better Education for Kids and former Director of Excellence Education for Everyone, one of New Jersey’s largest school choice advocacy groups. Also hailing from New Jersey is Chris Kniesler, former Director of Governmental Relations for the New Jersey School Boards Association and Executive Director of Solutions for New Jersey and contributor to many prestigious publications. Dan Haggerty the famous co-host of The Baer/Haggerty Offensive completes the panel. Dan has a track record for being involved as a political activist and in school choice issues for almost 19 years.
The Question/Answer period will be the hallmark of this event providing an opportunity ot ask tough educational questions of people who just might have the answers.
Asking the tough questions will hopefully prove to be New Jersey’s first giant step toward unraveling the milieu of problems an encroaching government has bestowed on the State’s system of education. True to the American spirit of independence and self-reliance, New Jersey’s Tea Party Caucus and Smart Girl Politics have proven to be those types of patriots who walk the walk.
This event will be launching New Jersey’s School Choice Week on Sunday, January 22, 2012, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at Franklin L. Williams Middle School located at 222 Laidlaw Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. Admission is free but seating is limited, so if you plan on attending, it is suggested that you register online at http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com/roseann/school_choice_event_with_bob_bowden
PS: admission is free. Please spread the word. This will be one of the most prestegious events in the entire country in kicking off School Choice Week.
This workshop has been developed with the untiring assistancec of Senator Richard J. LaRossa Ph.D., President and CEO of Solutions for New Jersey. It is being conducted in conjunction with and under the auspices of Solutions for New Jersey, Inc., www.solutionsfornewjersey.org. Solutions for New Jersey is a member of a nationalwide network of fiscally conservative think tanks who are members of SPN, The State Policy Network. SPN also works in conjunction with the Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and (ALEC) the American Legislation Exchange Council to develop fiscally sound solutions to some of the most pressing issue facing our society today.