Reimagining Education

Democrats for Education Reform Urban Education Forum

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Urban Education Forum

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Harris Stowe State University, Emerson Theatre

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The forum seeks to engage various community leaders, clergy, elected officials, administrators and others on their perspectives as to the challenges facing education in urban communities. Panelists will present a variety of viewpoints on the issues.

Opening remarks by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

Confirmed panelists include:

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)

Radio station Hot 104.1 FM will be broadcasting live from the event.

On- air host Demetrius Johnson will moderate the panel discussion.

On Friday, April 17th, there will be a march of concerned citizens to call attention to the issue of urban education. The march will be led by Rev. Horace Sheffield and DFER chairman Kevin Chavous and include many of the panelists above.

The march begins at St. Louis City Hall at 10:00 AM and proceeds to the offices of

St. Louis Public Schools.

Direct any questions to DFER-Midwest Director Rodney Hubbard at (314) 402-2517

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