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Hampton University hosting town hall Wednesday during ‘National School Choice Week’

From Daily Press

By Samieh Shalash

HAMPTON — A public town hall meeting about school choice, “Fighting Educational Injustice,” will take place Wednesday at Hampton University.

It will be moderated by Michelle Bernard, an MSNBC political analyst who is an advocate of charter schools and other alternatives to public K-12 education. The event is scheduled during National School Choice Week.

Bernard serves on the HU Board of Trustees and is founder of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, which is sponsoring the event.

Speakers will focus on supporting more educational options for children, including increased access to successful public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, virtual schools, private schools and home schooling, according to HU.

These speakers are slated to attend:

  • Derrell Bradford, executive director of the conservative, New Jersey-based organization “Better Education for Kids.”
  • Shawn McCollough, president and CEO of the nonprofit, non-partisan American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.
  • Stephen A. Smith, ESPN host and commentator. He has spoken on MSNBC about school choice and talks about his struggles in grade school, according to HU.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the HU student center ballroom.

HU made an attempt in the early 2000s to establish the HU Charter School for Math, Science and Technology. Efforts crumbled late in the process after the Hampton School Board revoked a charter that would have allowed the school to open.

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