As public education continues its evolution into a number of differing options, The New Tri-State Defender is coordinating a town hall meeting to provide a forum for local residents to learn more and engage in discussion.
The Achieve! Town Hall Meeting on Education is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (March 30) at The Magnet located at 879 McLemore Ave.
"We want to make sure that all parents are well informed and ready to take full advantage of opportunities that exist to increase their child's potential to achieve academic and career success," said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
School leaders, policy makers and education advocates will participate in a panel discussion that Smith will moderate.
The event will highlight the myriad school options available for students and parents, provide insight on new developments that will affect the way students are educated, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.
"School choice is a hot topic in our community," said Smith. "It is time for everyone to embrace it and understand the importance of having options."
The Achieve! Town Hall session is tied to the release of the first volume of the Achieve! School Choice Guide. The resource publication is produced by the TSD through a unique partnership with New America Media and is funded, in part, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The ACHIEVE! School Choice Guide (Volume 1) was crafted to give the community – particularly parents of school-aged children in public schools – a resource to better understand the changes that are occurring. It shows them how they can access new options and, most importantly, which option is most uniquely suited to serve the needs of their child (children).
"We desire to leverage the long-standing reputation of the TSD as a trusted source of information," said Smith in the President/Publisher's statement included in the School Choice Guide.
"Our aim is to make a difference in educating our young people and to help them in their quests to become successful and significant in their life endeavors."
Smith noted that as elected and appointed officials continue to debate issues from teacher evaluations to school funding, families in the community are left to contend with anxiety and stress.
"The TSD sincerely wants to help alleviate as much of that discomfort as possible by extending empowering information to foster a stronger understanding of the available options."