Tim King of Urban Prep to Talk Education Reform at National Association of Black Journalist Confab

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Media advisory on Tim King of Urban Prep talking on education reform panel at National Association of Black Journalist Confab, moderated by Roland Martin.

Tim King of Urban Prep to talk Education Reform at National Association of Black Journalist Confab

Roland Martin of “Washington Watch to host

Tim King, founder, president & CEO of Urban Prep Academies, will be one of the featured panelists during the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) Conference in Orlando on today. The panel entitled “How Education Reform Can Help or Hurt Students” will be moderated by Roland Martin, host of “Washington Watch With Roland Martin”. The panel will be held at the conference hotel, the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center, Osceola 1-3 from 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

King joins Dr. Howard Fuller, founder and board chair of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, on the panel. Their discussion will center on how public school children, particularly African-Americans, are affected by current and future education reforms. Up for discussion are charter schools, blended learning, opportunity scholarships and other attempts to change the way millions of students get their education.

Later this evening King will be the special guest at a private media reception at Sunset Sam’s Marlin Dock in Kissimmee. The reception will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Earlier this year Urban Prep announced that all the seniors from their Englewood campus and the seniors from the inaugural graduating class from its West campus, 167 African-American males, have been accepted to a four-year college or university. (85% of Urban Prep students come from low-income families, and many start Urban Prep at least two grade levels behind.)

King serves as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University and has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and the Huffington Post. He was named ABC World News “Person of the Week”, Chicago Magazine’s “Chicagoan of the Year”, People Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and to Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list. He has been featured on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Moth/USA Networks’ Characters Unite series; and recognized by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for his work with youth.

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About Urban Prep

Urban Prep Academies was founded in 2002 by Tim King and a group of African-American education, business and civic leaders who wanted to improve the educational opportunities available to urban boys. In 2005, this nonprofit organization was approved to open Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men – Englewood Campus. Urban Prep is the country's first charter public high school for boys. Since accepting its first class in the fall of 2006, Urban Prep has been recognized internationally for its success in improving the academic, social and emotional development of urban young men. Urban Prep now operates three schools in Chicago. 100% of Urban Prep's graduates have been admitted to college. The Urban Prep Motto is We Believe.    

WHO: Tim King, Founder, President & CEO Urban Prep Academies                                     
WHAT: NABJ 2013 Panel “How Education Reforms Can Help or Hurt Students”

WHEN: August 1, 2013, 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

WHERE:    NABJ Conference
             Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL, Osceola 1-3

OVERVIEW: Join this critical discussion about how public school children, particularly African-Americans, are affected today and in the future by education reforms. Learn more about Common Core, vouchers, charter schools, blended learning, opportunity scholarships and other attempts to change the way millions of students get their educations. This will be a spirited discussion on the pros and cons of these efforts.

Moderator:
Roland Martin,
Host, “Washington Watch With Roland Martin”

Presenters:
Tim King,
Founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies

Dr. Howard Fuller,
Founder & Board Chair, Black Alliance for Educational Options

For More Information:
Robin Beaman
Office: 312.751.9689
Mobile:312.208.1212
rbeaman(at)beamaninc(dot)com

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