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Breakfast Forum: School Closures

Mayoral Candidates, Education Leaders to Host Breakfast Forum on School Closure Policy

Panel to Release Report, Recommend Alternatives to Bloomberg Administration’s Close-and-Replace Policies

Leading candidates for mayor – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson – will join education leaders from the Working Group on School Transformation on Tuesday, April 17th to release a report on Mayor Bloomberg’s school closure policy and recommend alternatives as part of a breakfast forum on education at New York University’s Kimball Hall Lounge.

A light breakfast and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the press.

WHO: Panelists will include: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council Education Chair Robert Jackson; Working Group members former Deputy Chancellor Carmen Farina, Annenberg Institute for School Reform Executive Director Warren Simmons, NYU Professor Pedro Noguera, Coalition for Educational Justice leader Zakiyah Ansari.

The Working Group on School Transformation includes the following members:

Warren Simmons, Executive Director, the Anenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University; Zakiyah Ansari, parent leader, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and organizer, Alliance for Quality Education; Ruddie Daley, parent leader, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice ; Carmen Farina, former New York City Schools Deputy Chancellor; Maria Fernandez, Senior Coordinator, NYC Urban Youth Collaborative; Norm Fruchter, Senior Policy Analyst, Annenberg Institute for School Reform; Jo Haines, Executive Director, Everyone Reading, Inc.; John Jackson, President, Schott Foundation for Public Education; Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education, New York university and Director, NYU Metro; Center for Urban Education; Christine Rowland, teacher, Christopher Columbus High School; Jon Snyder, Dean, Bank Street College of Education; Kim Sweet, Executive Director, Advocates for Children of New York; Philip Weinberg, Principal, High School of Telecommunications Arts.

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