Newark Trust for Education to Host Mayoral Candidates’ Forum Oct. 24

Friday, 18 October 2013 15:01 Local Talk News Editor

NEWARK, NJ — This mayoral election season, Newark Trust for Education will host a series of Newark mayoral candidate's forums that will examine not only the role a mayor can play in public education, but also solicit candidate views on Newark's children and how the city's youth factor into Newark's long-term development.

The Trust will host the first of these forums, "A Vision for Newark's Children," on Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Science Park High School, 260 Norfolk St., Newark. All four declared candidates, Ras J. Baraka. Shavar Jeffries, Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Darrin S. Sharif have confirmed participation.

"Education and Newark are synonymous from a policy standpoint," said Ross Danis, president and CEO of the Newark Trust for Education. "The city is known throughout the nation for its education innovations and how they affect our children's education and their future.

"The next mayor is going to have to have a vision for not only how the district cultivates future leaders, but also how factors outside of the classroom play into a student's success," Danis added.

In addition to vetting candidates on their stance on local district control and locating new facilities for public school, the forums will also determine how a mayor's policy portfolio, including public safety and economic development, will factor into creating an environment that fosters youth development.

"It's a well-accepted convention that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds, we want to know how our candidates will correlate their policies with student achievement," Danis said.

The Oct. 24 forum will be moderated by Marcia W. Brown, JD, associate dean of Program Development at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. Brown is a long time public affairs advocate in Newark whose research interests and teaching experience have centered on civil rights, student affairs, diversity and urban engagement in higher education. She has been a consultant for Newark nonprofits on governance and organizational leadership and development issues and served as a lecturer with the Rutgers' Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and Department of Psychology.

The forum, sponsored by the Chad School Foundation and the League of Women Voters, is free and open to the public.

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