WNYC & NJPAC present Mayor Cory Booker, Cami Anderson, and others with host Brian Lehrer in a community forum on school reform

WNYC and NJPAC present

A community forum featuring
 Newark Mayor
CORY BOOKER and Schools Superintendent CAMI ANDERSON,
As well as Teachers, Community Members and New Jersey Journalists


Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center


(New York, NY—March 12, 2013) Education reform in urban public schools has been promised by a succession of presidents, governors and mayors, yet progress has been slow.

NEWARK MAYOR CORY BOOKER joins a distinguished panel on March 20th at 7pm at NJPAC to take on this very subject and to discuss what is next for Newark, NJ.

Joining Mayor Booker will be Schools Superintendent CAMI ANDERSON, CEO of Newark Charter School Fund MASHEA ASHTON, Veteran Teacher and VP of the Newark Teachers Union MICHAEL DIXON, Parent Activist SHARON SMITH, Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio NANCY SOLOMON, and NJ Spotlight Founder Editor JOHN MOONEY.  


The panel will discuss a wide range of topics, including:

  •   Newark’s progress in improving its public schools 
  •   How charter schools are performing in Newark 
  •   The infusion of large private donations from Wall Street and celebrities  
  •   The implications of New Jersey’s new teacher tenure rules
  •   City versus state control of education reform

Excerpts from the event will air on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show on Thursday, March 21st at 10am, on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and streaming at www.wnyc.org.  For more information visit www.WNYC.org/events.


WHAT: Which Way NJ? School Reform in Newark
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102)
Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00pm
Free, RSVP required at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9760155


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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.  Visit www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.