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TOMORROW: State Senate Candidates talk K-12 Education at Town Forum

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - You are cordially invited to participate in a televised Town Hall Forum to Meet local State Senate Candidates & Discuss K-12 Education for North Carolina. Co-sponsored by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, this is an opportunity for the citizens of Brunswick, Columbus, and New Hanover counties to hear from candidates Bill Rabon and David Redwine of Senate District 8, and Thom Goolsby and Jim Leutze of Senate District 9. This televised event will also be co-hosted by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and The Wilmington Journal.

Considering the challenges that state policymakers face in reducing the dropout rate and closing the achievement gap for low-income and minority students, the Town Hall Forum will help to shed light on local issues and examine solutions. For example, Education Week recently released some compelling statistics for the more than 45,000 students in New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties:

- Overall graduation rate in the three counties: 56.8%

- Overall graduation rate for low-income & minority students in the three counties: 40%

- Percentage of students passing end of grade tests in the three counties: 62.5%

Thus, the objective of the Town Hall Forum is for each of the four candidates in Senate District 8 and 9 to hear the concerns of parents as well as public school and nontraditional school leaders. Moreover, this Forum will allow for audience members to hear directly from the candidates regarding their positions on K-12 educational issues and their proposed solutions if elected to office.

Town Hall Forum to Meet the Candidates & Discuss K-12 Education
Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Coastline Convention Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

TO RSVP - CLICK HERE http://www.pefnc.org/events/town-hall-forum-meet-candidates-discuss-k-12...

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Town Hall Candidate Forum to Focus on K-12 Education

Candidates for State Senate Districts 8 and 9 to share ideas with parents, school leaders

On September 14th, a panel of community leaders will be joined by all four candidates for North Carolina State Senate Districts 8 and 9 for a town hall discussion on the subject of K-12 education in Brunswick, New Hanover, Columbus, and Pender Counties. Co-sponsored by WWAY News Channel 3, The Wilmington Journal and Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, the forum will be recorded and broadcast exclusively on WWAY News Channel 3 at a later date.

WHO:

Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

Tom Goolsby (R), Candidate for State Senate District 9

Dr. Jim Leutze (D), Candidate for State Senate District 9

Bill Rabon (R), Candidate for State Senate District 8

David Redwine (D), Candidate for State Senate District 8

Featured schools include the following:

Columbus Charter School, Whiteville, NC

Steve Smith, Headmaster

Sunset Park Elementary, Wilmington, NC

LaChawn Smith, Principal

Southport Christian Academy, Southport, NC

Lisa Kjome, Principal

L & L Montessori School, Southport, NC

Lynette Watson, Headmaster

Participants will be available for interviews immediately following the event.

WHAT:

Co-sponsored by WWAY News Channel 3, The Wilmington Journal and Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, the televised Town Hall Forum will examine local educational issues and explore potential solutions. A question-and-answer format will enable parents and community leaders to share questions and ideas about K-12 education across all sectors--traditional public schools, public charter schools and nonpublic schools.

WHERE:

Coastline Convention Center

503 Nutt Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

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