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Kelley Williams-Bolar Joins Michelle Bernard for Education Equality Rally in Cleveland


For Immediate Release
February 22, 2012

Contact:
Christina Jamison-Mozaffari
cjamison@bernardcenter.org
(301) 807-5868

Kelley Williams-Bolar Joins Michelle Bernard for Education Equality Rally in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH: Kelley Williams-Bolar, the Ohio mother who was arrested for “stealing education” and now heads the Ohio Parents Union, will join Michelle Bernard, President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy and Pastor Andrew D. Clark Sr. of Trinity Outreach Ministries to rally parents and their children this Sunday, February 22, to become foot soldiers for school choice at an Education Equality rally in Cleveland.

“As we approach the end of Black History Month, it’s important to remember that our civil rights struggle continues,” said Bernard.  “Education equality is the key to raising all children out of poverty and making sure that our future is brighter than the darkest days of our past.”

“We are thrilled to have Kelley Williams-Bolar share the story of her fight for educational equality for her children,” Bernard continued.  “And hosting this event at Trinity Outreach Ministries, where they do so much important work to support their community and the fight for education in Cleveland is an honor.”

Kelley Williams-Bolar served 9 days in jail for “stealing education” in January 2011.  Her “crime” was enrolling her children in a safer school district than the one in which she resided.  Now, Williams-Bolar heads up the Ohio Parents Union, modeled after the Parent Trigger that was started in California.

Ohio is embracing school choice.  The state has provided school choice options since 1995 and has pending legislation to expand some programs.  There are currently 368 full-time charter schools and 27 full-time online charter school programs.  Last January, Governor John Kasich issued a resolution designating January 22nd-28th School Choice Week in Ohio.

Who: Michelle Bernard, President and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy; Pastor Andrew D. Clark, Sr., Trinity Outreach Ministries; and Kelley Williams-Bolar, Ohio Parents Union

What: Education Equality Now School Choice Rally

When: Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 4:00pm

Where: Trinity Outreach Ministries, 12002 Ashbury Rd, Cleveland

The Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy is a research and educational institution—a think tank— whose mission is to fundamentally change the terms of the nation’s most critical domestic and foreign policy debates and challenge the American public, policymakers, and the media to discuss those issues.  For more information, please visit www.bernardcenter.org.

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