PARENT COALITION FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSITION
Today the Parent Coalition for Excellent Education (PC2E) announced Founder and Executive Director Muhammed Akil is resigning from the organization to pursue other professional opportunities effective Friday, November 10, 2017. PC2E was founded in 2015 as a hybrid advocacy organization focused on engaging in non-partisan advocacy and community organizing. The organization supported the successful election of two consecutive “Unity Slates” to the Newark School Board in 2016 and 2017.
For the last two years, PC2E’s 501(c)(3) arm has elevated the voices of Newark parents in the conversation about education in the city. They have written op-eds, rallied in support of excellent schools in Trenton and Newark, and have become a powerful constituency with the ability to mobilize thousands of parents and register them to vote in a non-partisan manner.
“One of the main objectives of PC2E’s Action Fund was to give the charter school sector a strong political voice in Newark,” said Mr. Akil. “The formation and success of the Newark Unity Slate in 2016 and 2017, with PC2E playing a major role, clearly shows that this mission was accomplished.”
PC2E is thankful for the work of Mr. Akil and other leaders, past and present, whose leadership and political campaigning expertise helped drive this successful track record.
“Make no mistake: until the needs of every student are met in Newark, the essential work of elevating parent voices to advocate for a great education for all children will continue, as before,” said Derrell Bradford, board chair of PC2E. “We are proud to be part of this unified movement in education that fights for every child in every school and we remain committed to working together with families and partners across the city.”
PC2E’s Action Fund will focus its work on the upcoming 2018 Newark school board elections, while also taking this opportunity to refine its strategic plans regarding continued parent organizing and engagement.
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