|Grammy-winning singer Marvin Sapp wowed a|
packed, reform-minded church in Georgia yesterday.
Marvin Sapp—the eight-time Grammy nominated gospel singer from Grand Rapids, Mich. spoke last night at "Educating our Future: The Fight for Georgia’s Children," hosted by the Center for an Educated Georgia and the Alliance for School Choice.
The event, an informational forum about education reform and how the community can get involved, drew nearly 1,000 supporters.
Sapp, who sang two songs at the event, spoke about his strong support for education reform, as well as his plans to open the GREAT School, a charter school focused on the arts in his home town of Grand Rapids.
Originally a passion of his late wife, Sapp has continued to pursue opening a charter school following the death of his wife last year.
“The reason I came here is two-fold,” said Sapp, referring to participating on a panel discussion on education reform and, of course, singing a couple of hit songs for the excited crowd.
And Georgia certainly has a lot to sing about. The Peach State is home to two publicly-funded school choice programs: the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program and the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
But the community forum wasn’t all about great music and the state’s educational successes. Speakers reminded attendees of the work that still needs to be done to ensure that every child—especially minority and low-income children—is receiving a quality education.
|National education reform advocate Dr. Howard Fuller extols|
the importance of giving school choice to low-income families.
“I am for public schools,” said Fuller, the longtime education reform advocate and former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. “But I’m against the public school system. And that’s an important difference.”
Also in attendance was State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Cobb County), who stressed that a lot of public schools—and their teachers—are providing a high-quality education. She noted, however, that families need educational options if traditional public schools aren't working for their children.
|Students, parents, and community activists were among the |
attendees at Educating our Future: The Fight for Georgia's Children.
- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG