You are invited to a free all day event Saturday, January 14th, 8:30am to 4pm at SCSU Brown Hall. Click on the link below for all the details:

“Restoring Excellence In Education”


The Restoring Excellence in Education Forum is a grassroots-initiated project devoted to informing and empowering parents on the subject of education. The primary goals of the Restoring Excellence in Education Forum are a) to look at education from the parents’ perspective, b) to challenge citizens to action and c) to challenge schools to improve in the areas of excellence, transparency and accountability.

Most importantly, Restoring Excellence in Education’s goal is to focus on ideas and reforms. First and foremost.

State legislators Gene Pelowski, Pam Myhra, Sondra Erickson, Pat Garofalo, and retired State Rep. Laura Brod will participate in panel discussions and give presentations on education reform ideas. U.S. Senate candidate Doc Severson will address the U.S. Department of Education.  State Rep. King Banaian will moderate the Higher Education portion of the event. Rep. Steve Gottwalt will moderate the K-12 portion of the event.

Dr. Richard Vedder is the keynote speaker for higher education. Dr. Vedder is an economist at Ohio University. Dr. Vedder’s Center for College Affordability and Productivity has published one of the pre-eminent studies on the ratio of administrators to professors. Dr. Vedder will present “The Twelve Inconvenient Truths about Higher Education.”

RiShawn Biddle will be the keynote speaker for the K-12 education segment of the event. Biddle is best known as the founder of Dropout Nation. He “combines journalism, research and advocacy to bring insight on the nation’s education crisis and rally families and others to reform American public education.”  RiShawn is also a columnist for The American Spectator. More importantly, he is a tireless advocate for improving the quality of K-12 education for every child. The co-author of A Byte at the Apple: Rethinking Education Data for the Post-NCLB Era, Biddle combines journalism, research and advocacy to bring insight on the nation’s education crisis and rally families and others to transform American public education.

Dr. Vedder and Mr. Biddle are two of the leading thinkers/reformers on educational issues.

K-12 panelist, Allen Quist, is not only a former Minnesota State Legislator but a widely recognized writer and speaker throughout the United States. Allen Quist is author of five books, the most recent beingAmerica’s Schools: The Battleground for Freedom. Quist authored the best-selling book, FedEd: The New Federal Curriculum and How It’s Enforced. In his books he explains the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and programs such as International Baccalaureate, he describes the math and reading wars, and he discusses the effects of international agreements on our schools.

Please arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 as seating is limited.


We all must be concerned about what is happening in public education.

A.J. Kern