Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Urban Education March & Forum

A march of concerned citizens will take place Friday (April 17th) in St. Louis to call attention to the issue of urban education. The march begins at St. Louis City Hall at 10:00 AM and proceeds to the offices of St. Louis Public Schools. It will be led by Rev. Horace Sheffield and DFER chairman Kevin Chavous and include many of the panelists From the Urban Education Forum.

The Urban Education Forum is taking place this Saturday (April 18) in St. Louis. It will be a platform for communication and information on education in urban areas. Community leaders, political officials, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders will come together to discuss solutions to the problems specifically facing these schools. It will be at Harris Stowe State University's Emerson Theater from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Radio station Hot 104.1 FM will be broadcasting live.

Panelists include:
Mayor Francis Slay
Dr. Kelvin Adams (Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools)
Mary Armstrong (AFT Local 420 President)
Dr. Benjamin Chavis (Co-Chairman, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network)
Kevin Chavous (National Reform Author and Activist)
Missouri State Representative T.D. El-Amin (57th District)
Aaron North (Exec. Director, Missouri Charter Public School Assn.)
Mayor Alvin Parks (City of East St. Louis, IL)
Rev. Horace Sheffield (Detroit, MI)
Earl Simms (State Coordinator, Children Education Alliance)
Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith (4th District)
Joe Williams (Exec. Director, Democrats for Education Reform)

DFER-Midwest Director Rodney Hubbard will take any questions:
(314) 402-2517.

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