Under the leadership of former Steven Fulop Chief of Staff, Muhammed Akil, and a staff of some of the most respected strategists in the state - such as Oscar James, Jr, Matthew Frankel and Sabur Guy - the Parent Coalition For Excellent Education launched big last week.
In fact, it was a heck of a week for PC2E as they orchestrated an impressive statewide launch, which we expect will give a great deal of heartburn to organizations, like the NJEA and NTU, who for decades have held the education activist space for themselves.
Looks like PC2E will also likely give pause and worry to many anti-choice elected leaders like Assemblywoman Mila Jasey as well.
Those of us in Newark saw a significant direct mail piece hitting communities throughout the City; an oped by Akil in the Star Ledger; advertising in key statewide publications; and a "whose who" list of New Jersey boldface names attending their “Education is Power” event at the League of Municipalities.
Sources say the event in AC was extremely powerful and personal, with PC2E using the forum to showcase the efforts of public schools parents. One person at the event estimated over a 1000 people attended, with a diverse group of public school parents from around the state providing a formal role at the event and sharing their stories directly to elected officials.
Based on the information on web the site and Akil’s oped, PC2E does not seem interested in fighting an ideological battle on education - rather they are focused on serving parents who want to get more involved.
Akil writes on the PC2E web site - www.PC2E.org - that PC2E is focused on "making sure every parent is ensured the strongest possible voice and that our state's education policies meet the demand and expectations of every community in New Jersey. To fulfill our mission, we hope to be a resource for factual information about our public schools, a platform to showcase the many great things happening in public eduction in New Jersey and a needed mechanism to ensure strong parental involvement.”
Akil’s Oped can be found here- http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/in_reshaping_newark_education_debate_students_shou.html