Press Release

Leading Education Reformers, Government Officials to Headline NJ School Choice Summit on January 29

Hoboken, NJ – Choice Media, Saint Peter’s University and are pleased to announce the NJ School Choice Summit 2016, the Garden State’s most important annual event to promote school choice. The Summit will take place Friday, January 29, 2016.  The event will be hosted at the Duncan Family Sky Room, located on the 6th floor Mac Mahon Student Center, Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ. 

Attendees will join New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe and education leaders from around the state to discuss the most import issues affecting the lives of our children: How to improve the quality of their educations.  Choice Media Executive Director Bob Bowdon described the premise of this year’s event, saying, “The Summit is the one time each year that parents, educators and activists can meet to shape the future of educational innovation in the state.  New Jersey trails most of the country in education opportunities for the students who might need something different, and this year will be the biggest, most action-oriented Summit ever.” 

The NJ School Choice Summit is a featured event in the National School Choice Week movement, the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education.  The 2016 School Choice Week will feature over 16,000 events across all 50 states.

Nicole Cole, President of the New Jersey Charter School Association, said the kinds of conversations fostered by the NJ School Choice Summit are important.  “Choice Media’s annual School Choice Summit is critical for ensuring the open and honest dialogue needed for the respect of every kind of choice in education. The ability to bring together a diverse population of educators and choice advocates from a variety of different backgrounds speaks volumes to the desire for the education community’s interest in choice and honoring those champions for increased access to more quality seats in more types of schools.” 

Muhammed Akil, Executive Director of the Parent Coalition For Excellent Education expressed a similar sentiment.  “While there are many good schools in New Jersey, people need to understand there are also children who desperately need other options.  I look forward to a substantive conversation about how we deliver better education to the children of New Jersey. We’ve never been able to rely on establishment bureaucracies as the engines of innovation for any social cause, and education is no different.” 

For the first time ever, this year’s Summit will include also the premiere of a new documentary film “Faith in Excellence,” a look at the impact of Catholic Schools throughout New Jersey. 

For more information visit Tickets include breakfast and lunch.

For media inquiries, please contact Audrey Mullen, 202-270-2772. Tweets about the event will include the hashtag: #NJSCS

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