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DAVID KIRP TO PRESENT HIS NEW BOOK ON SUCCESS OF UNION CITY SCHOOLS

March 7, 2013

David Kirp, noted author and professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, will talk about his new book, “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” on Monday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

“Improbable Scholars” is the story of the Union City, NJ, school district, and the steps taken there to ensure that all students can succeed – from high quality preschool to teacher mentoring and student supports. Mr. Kirp will also discuss the lessons that can be can be learned from Union City – a district that benefited from the landmark Abbott v. Burke rulings – for improving the nation’s high poverty public schools.

Mr. Kirp will be joined by a panel of responders including the Union City Superintendent Stanley Sanger; Superintendent of the Red Bank Borough Public Schools, Laura Morana; and Gordon MacInnes, former NJ Legislator and Assistant Commissioner of Education and current President of NJ Policy Perspective. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. W. Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

This event, sponsored by Education Law Center and Advocates for Children of NJ, and funded by the Foundation for Child Development, is free and open to the public. Seating in the auditorium at the Bloustein School is limited, and interested parties are asked to register here.

Additional details about the event are available here.