JERSEY 1ST TV LAUNCHES SCHOOL CHOICE SERIES
Parsippany, NJ, January 24 — In a move to help educate New Jersey residents about the importance of school choice, Jersey 1st TV is launching a compelling 4-part series with special guests, coinciding with National School Choice Week. The first will launch tomorrow, Wednesday the 25th at 10am, with a new episode to follow each Wednesday at 10 am.
“This is an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the most accomplished, influential, and distinguished professionals in the education sector,” said Jim Lonergan, Jersey 1st Board Member. “They will share what school choice is, and address all the key topics surrounding this initiative to ensure everyone walks away better informed about why school choice is essential to a better education”.
Hosted by Erica Jedynak, a dynamic policy advisor and organizer in NJ state politics in numerous capacities – whose prestigious distinctions include NJ Globe’s Top 100 most Powerful People and InsiderNJ’s Power 100 List and Top 100 Policymakers – Jednyak is also the current COO for yes. every kid, a national non-profit organization which advocates for families so that every child has access to an individualized education, regardless of zip code.
The series’ guests will include:
Ron Bolandi, former superintendent of Bedminster, Chester, East Windsor, Edison, Kearny, Montclair, Piscataway, Plainfield, and Winslow. A courageous and vocal advocate, Ron is known statewide for his vast experience in suburban and urban education oversight. A member of the American and NJ Associations of School Administrators, he will address such topics as which towns are impacted most by public school choice, and how the government allocates for students across districts.
Andrew Campanella, one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school choice, who serves as President and CEO of the National School Choice Awareness Foundation. With nearly two decades of senior-level experience in K-12 education, Andrew has led the National School Choice Week charitable program since 2012, playing a key role in the effort’s remarkable growth. Throughout his career as a nonprofit executive, Andrew has provided insightful and jargon-free commentary about education options to local, regional, and national media outlets in thousands of interviews, and is author of The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Choosing the Right School for Your Child (Beauford Books, 2022), winner of the Foreword Indies Gold Award, a silver IPPY, a Mom’s Choice Award, and a National Parenting Product Award.
Jenny Clark isFounder and Executive Director of LoveYourSchool.org, a nonprofit grassroots organization that helps families navigate school options to best benefit their children, utilizing such options as tuition tax credits, scholarships, open enrollment, microschools, homeschooling and more. An Arizona native and mother of five, Jenny brings a great deal of experience as a Member of the Arizona State Board of Education, knowing full well the unique variations in how children learn, and how they thrive in a variety of different educational environments. Jenny contends: “We should be funding students, not systems”. Through her organization’s podcast and website, she aims to help parents and families across the country achieve the educational experience each child deserves.
Peter Murphy is Senior Advisor for Policy at the Invest in Education Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that promotes education reform, especially as it relates to increasing educational choice, closing educational gaps, and improving K-12 education. A senior fellow at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Murphy formerly worked as the director of policy and communications at the NY Charter Schools Association, and Vice President at both the NY Charter Resource Center and SUNY Charter Schools Institute.
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