Free Dinner and a Movie

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Connie Schmidt Kirman

Apr 29, 2011, 1:17:28 PM4/29/11
to Howell Twp School Issues
Wednesday May 4th at the Howell Library!!! Free Dinner, Discussion
and a Movie! RSVP to the libary

6:30 pm
318 Old Tavern Road
Howell, NJ 07731

Waiting for Superman: Documentary Feature

Movie, discussion and free dinner provided by the Education Foundation
of the Howell Chamber of Commerce
Registration required: Howell Public Library 732-938-2300

Filmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have
names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories
make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.

As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that
inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim
undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, methodically
dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. rated:
PG, 102 minutes; 2010

Connie Schmidt Kirman

May 3, 2011, 6:39:35 AM5/3/11
We have a guest coming!  Valerie Smith (see bio below)  from the NJ Dept. of Education will be joining us tomorrow night for dinner and a movie. 
Join us for a thought provoking movie, open discussion and an update on what is happening at the state level in education.
RSVP Required to the Howell Library.

Valarie Smith


Valarie Smith is the Director of Interdistrict School Choice and Non-Public Options for the New Jersey Department of Education.  As such, she heads the Interdistrict Choice Program and will be heading the Opportunity Scholarship Act when it passes the legislature.


Prior to joining the NJ Department of Education, Ms. Smith was appointed by President George W. Bush to the position of Secretary’s Regional Representative for Region II directly serving Secretaries Rod Paige and Margaret Spelling.  Region II consists of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, & the US Virgin Islands.


Ms. Smith has an extensive resume in education governance including serving on the Cherry Hill School Board and serving Governor Whitman at the Department of Education as the Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives.  Ms. Smith is one of the co-founders of New Jersey United for Higher School Standards and a regular volunteer with Excellent Education for Everyone, a school choice advocacy group.

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