In partnership with the Georgia Parent Network for Better Education(GPN) and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, CEG will be hosting a School Choice Night at the Braves. The three organizations are teaming up to celebrate Milton Friedman's 100th birthday. Professor Milton Friedman was an award-winning economist and front runner in promoting the idea that parents should have the freedom to choose a learning environment that is best for their child.
The event, to take place Tuesday July 31, 2012, will be an opportunity for school choice supporters to watch the Atlanta Braves play the Florida Marlins at Turner Field for FREE! Prior to the game, CEG and GPN will host a tailgate party in the Blue Lot, which will include free snacks and music.
Tickets are limited so reserve your tickets today!
CEG Welcomes New Team Members
As CEG has grown in influence and success, the need for a larger staff has also grown. In response to this need, we are pleased to announce that the CEG team has evolved and expanded to become even better equipped to advocate for quality education for all Georgia children.
Dr. Jeff Bailey has joined the organization as vice-president for CEG. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Bailey has been serving as the Managing Director of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) in London, one of the leading policy think tanks in England. The Centre's work on national education reform has been widely recognized as helping bring about the sweeping changes currently underway in the British school system.
Dr. Danielle LeSure has been appointed as education policy and research manager. Dr. LeSure formerly served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she briefed the foundation's leadership on education issues. In her current role, she will conduct state-level research on K-12 reform issues and initiatives, while developing reports and strategies to drive student success in Georgia.
Jerri Nims Rooker is now serving as director of business and education partnerships where she develops relationships in the public and private sector to get Georgia's business community engaged in education reform and school choice efforts.
Patrick Kaiser has been named senior manager at CEG. He will manage the day-to-day operations of the Center and serve as education policy expert for the organization.
CEG Collects Books for Damaged School
CEG gave a helping hand to the students and teachers at Poole Elementary School in Paulding County. With help from our neighbor businesses and organizations, CEG collected over 100 books for the school to support its efforts to build a lending library for parents. Poole Elementary School was severely damaged by a tornado on March 3, 2012. Despite this, Georgians and the local community rallied together to open the school just two days later.
RaShaun Holliman, CEG's Grassroots Manager, delivered the books May 22, 2012 to the school's librarian, Wendy Howell. The school looks forward to using the books as a way to allow parents and students to do more reading at home and outside of the classroom.
Snellville Parents Hear About Education Options
CEG hosted a School Choice Informational meeting for parents in the Snellville area Thursday June 21, 2012. Parents were able to learn more about Georgia's K-12 education options, including how parents can be more active with education reform in Georgia. The parents played a trivia game on school choice and reform in Georgia and discussed the current landscape in K-12 education.
In addition to discussing education in Georgia, some of the parents took part in a national school choice campaign. Developed by National School Choice Week, the campaign allows parents and children to express why they support school choice.
Local advocates Pam Noritz and Aimee Tolmich hosted the event at their church, St. Oliver, and prepared homemade baked goods for the attendees. To learn how you can host a School Choice Informational in your community, contact RaShaun Holliman at Rashaun.Holliman@georgiafamily.org.