MEDIA RELEASE: Training gives parents the tools to fight for a better education for their kids

 This week in Wilmington, the NC Justice Center's Education & Law Project will hold its Education and Leadership Institute

WILMINGTON (Dec. 3-4, 2010) – Every child in North Carolina – especially yours – deserves a high-quality education.
That's the message the NC Justice Center's Education & Law Project is sending to parents at its advocacy training program this week in Wilmington.
The Education and Leadership Institute (ELI) is an advocacy training program that provides participants with the content, knowledge and advocacy skills necessary to promote educational excellence within their district. The event will take place Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at the Coastline Conference and Convention Center (501 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parents, students, community members, and anyone interested in the issues – including journalists – are welcome.
"Every child has the constitutional right to a sound, basic education but they deserve an excellent, quality education," said Christopher Hill, director of the NC Justice Center's Education & Law Project. "This program aims to provide parents with information so they are empowered to advocate for the exemplary education that we know North Carolina can deliver to its students."
Advocacy sessions will cover:
• Academic resources
• Special education issues
• Student rights
• Suspensions and expulsions
• Resegregation in New Hanover County schools
• Grassroots advocacy skills
Attendees will receive breakfast and lunch along with an Advocating for Students toolkit.  On-site childcare will be provided.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Matthew Ellinwood at (919) 861-1465 or
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Tyler Whittenberg, Policy Fellow, Education & Law Project, 919.856.3195,; Matthew Ellinwood, Policy Advocate, Education & Law Project, (919) 861-1465,; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, 503.551.3615,