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DFER Applauds Mayor Cory Booker's Win in the New Jersey U.S. Senate Race
October 16, 2013

Contact:
Devin Boyle | 202.445.0416 | Devin@dfer.org
Joe Williams| 646.354.9625 | JoeWilliams@dfer.org

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Democrats for Education Reform Applauds Mayor Cory Booker’s Win in the
New Jersey U.S. Senate Race

Newark, NJ, October 16, 2013 - Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) released the following statement today by Executive Director Joe Williams:

“Democrats for Education Reform celebrates Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s victory tonight as voters elect him as New Jersey’s United States Senator, filling former Senator Frank Lautenberg’s vacant seat. As Mayor, Booker catalyzed tremendous gains in Newark’s education reform movement and became a leading voice for students calling for high-quality public school options across the nation.

“Mayor Booker’s leadership ignited real changes in Newark public schools, both traditional and charter, in ways we never saw before his election in 2006. We believe the reforms he helped implement in the city have solid roots—bolstered by the demands of parents seeking high-quality options for their children—which will last for years to come thanks to his efforts.

“With the current discord in Washington, DC, we eagerly await Booker’s rational and results-driven approach on Capitol Hill. Particularly with the pending reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), knowing we have a new champion of students in the U.S. Senate is an incredible win.

“Cory Booker is the real deal. He fights tirelessly for all students to have access to an exceptional education. Tonight, not just Newark but now our country is in a better position to finally reach the day when the American public education system in its entirety delivers on its promise to provide every child the opportunity to realize their infinite potential.”

About Democrats for Education Reform
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a political action committee with 13 state offices whose mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American public education. DFER operates at all levels of government to educate elected officials and support reform-minded candidates for public office.

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DFER Applauds Nomination of New Superintendent of Camden Public Schools
August 21, 2013

Contact:
Devin Boyle | 202.445.0416 | devin@dfer.org

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Democrats for Education Reform Applauds Nomination of New Superintendent of Camden Public Schools

Newark, NJ, August 21st, 2013 - Democrats for Education Reform New Jersey (DFER-NJ) released the following statement today:

“Today’s nomination of Paymon Rouhanifard for Superintendent of Camden Public Schools is a bold and progressive step towards ensuring every child in Camden has access to a great public school,” said State Director of DFER-NJ, Kathleen Nugent. “For too long, the Camden school system has failed to provide the city’s families with quality options. Only with extensive reforms and effective implementation across the city can true success be realized.

“Changing a system that has consistently functioned one way for decades is difficult and substantial work. DFER-NJ applauds Governor Christie and Commissioner Cerf for their efforts behind the nomination of Paymon Rouhanifard. He is a leader who is deeply committed to revitalizing Camden’s public schools, with on the ground experience leading the reform of school systems from New York City, NY to Newark, NJ. His nomination is a significant win for the students, families, educators, and stakeholders of the city.

“Instead of dwelling on the failure of the public school system to date, let us now unite around the momentum created today to focus on what great schools can and will do for Camden’s families under strong leadership,” continued Nugent. “Rouhanifard is the right leader at the right time to restore the promise of quality public school options for Camden's children.”

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About Democrats for Education Reform
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a political action committee with 13 state offices whose mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American public education. DFER operates at all levels of government to educate elected officials and support reform-minded candidates for public office.




DFER congratulates Booker on win in NJ Senate primary
August 13, 2013

Democrats for Education Reform congratulates Newark Mayor Cory Booker on today's win in the New Jersey Senate primary election to fill former Senator Frank Lautenberg's vacant seat. As Mayor, Booker has been a stalwart supporter of education reform efforts in Newark and throughout the country.

A poll released today by Education Reform Now shows New Jersey Democrats support the work Booker has done on education reform as Mayor of Newark: 48% of those polled said his education reform work is "very convincing," with 32% listing it as "convincing." When it comes to the Senate race, eight out of ten NJ Democrats say his support for education reform make him a good choice for the US Senate, and 81% believe Cory Booker will fight for comprehensive school reform nationwide if elected.

Based on the results of this poll and the work he has done to improve educational outcomes for students, we are confident Mayor Booker will sail through the general election in October to earn his seat in the US Senate, where he will continue his efforts to improve our nation's schools and ensure the success of all students.




New Jersey Dems Say Support For Education Reform Is Selling Point In U.S. Senate Primary
August 12, 2013

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For additional information contact: Devin Boyle, devin@dfer.org

New Jersey Dems Say Support For Education Reform Is Selling Point In U.S. Senate Primary

Garden State Democrats heart education reform.

Eight out of ten New Jersey Democrats say that Cory Booker’s support for pragmatic education reforms as Mayor of Newark make him a good choice for the United States Senate, according to a poll conducted last month by Education Reform Now Advocacy.

Overall, an outspoken supporter of public education reforms including expanding school choice and improving teacher quality, scored high marks among Democrats statewide. Nearly half (48% of respondents) listed Booker’s education reform work as “very convincing”; another 32% said it was “convincing.”

Among those Democrats who identified themselves as “very liberal” the numbers were just as strong - 49% of lefties said his education record was “very convincing,” while another 29% said it was “convincing.”

“The conventional wisdom used to be that Democrats shouldn’t touch public education reform with a 10-foot pole,” said Joe Williams, DFER’s national director. “Smart progressive leaders like Cory Booker and Barack Obama have shattered that myth. Education reform has become a winning issue for some of our nation’s most popular Dems.”

The poll of 603 likely Democratic voters in New Jersey showed Booker cruising to an easy victory in the Democratic primary to succeed United States Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year. The Newark Mayor, a longtime ally of Democrats for Education Reform, showed solid support from 57% of likely voters, compared with 13% support for Congressman Rush Holt and single-digit support for longshot challengers Frank Pallone and Sheila Oliver in the contest.

“This is about real leadership and reasserting the Democratic Party’s long history of standing up for the little guy,” Williams said. “Democratic leaders nationwide are taking notice.”

The poll of 603 registered Democrats statewide - all of whom said they were either “definitely” or “probably” going to vote in the primary special election this week - was conducted June 28 through July 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.

Democrats for Education Reform is a Washington-based political action committee working to support Democrats who embrace reforms leading to stronger public education systems and publicly-accountable educational options for parents. To see Mayor Booker discussing the importance of education reform for Democrats, see the video at www.dfer.org.




Saying goodbye to a New Jersey leader
June 7, 2013

By Kathleen Nugent, DFER NJ State Director

This week, New Jersey lost a respected leader with U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg’s passing. Lautenberg’s five terms of service for the state were marked with notable achievements. He successfully made 21 the national drinking age, designated the .08 blood alcohol level for drunk driving, banned smoking on flights and in federal buildings, denied gun ownership to those who were convicted of domestic violence, and championed funding for Amtrak, among other accomplishments. A veteran of World War II, he recognized the importance of honoring those who serve in our military and supported the G.I. Bill in 2008 to significantly increase educational benefits. We commemorate his leadership on safety and health issues, and send our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Prior to joining DFER in February 2010, Kathleen Nugent supported the growth of TEAM Charter Schools, the region of KIPP schools in Newark, New Jersey, for almost two years in their development department. Before TEAM, Kathleen worked at The MCJ Amelior Foundation for five years. Read more about Kathleen here.




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