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Sharpton will call for more parental involvement in schools

Rev. Al Sharpton (Via ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/red-carlisle/2446880369/##Creative Commons##)
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Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to host a key critic of mayoral control on his radio show tomorrow morning, in what will be the same talk that he postponed last week.

The importance of parental input in decisions about public schools will be a main topic, said Zakiyah Ansari, a parent organizer and member of the Campaign for Better Schools who will be Sharpton’s guest. A press notice about the talk says that Sharpton will join Ansari in calling on state lawmakers to build parental input into a new school governance law.

Ansari told me on the phone today that she hopes to form a “partnership” with Sharpton on the issue, though she said she’s not sure exactly what such a collaboration would entail.

Sharpton has previously said that he clashes with a more concrete partner of his, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, on the issue of mayoral control, favoring more checks and balances than Klein. The two together formed the Education Equality Project, a national advocacy network that pushes changes to public schools of the sort Klein has promoted in New York City.

But this could all get trickier if Sharpton ends up formalizing a partnership with Ansari’s group, too. The thing to watch will be exactly what kinds of changes to the 2002 mayoral control law Sharpton endorses.

Details on tomorrow’s radio show are below the jump:

When: Saturday June 6, 10:00 AM

Where: National Action Network, House of Justice, 106 145th Street, Harlem and live on WLIB 1190 AM

What: Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network, will be joined by Campaign for Better Schools spokesperson and public school parent Zakiyah Ansari in calling for New York State Legislature to require meaningful parent involvement in school governance.

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