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North Carolina Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity

Jimmy Kemp and Jeanne Allen moderated the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity on May 5th, 2016 at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

Panel 1 – Featuring Indiana Congressman Luke Messer, North Carolina State Representative Rob Bryan and Wake County Communities in Schools President and Executive Director Travis Mitchell.

Panel 2 – Featuring State Representative Edward Hanes, Thales Academy Director of Academics Dr. Tim Hall, Charter Schools USA, Inc Founder and CEO Jon Hage and Senior Education Advisor, Office of the Governor (NC) Catherine Truitt.

Panels 3 and 4 – Featuring North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Indiana Congressman Luke Messer, and North Carolina State Representatives Edward Hanes and Rob Bryan.


Press Release


A Partnership of The Center for Education Reform, The Jack Kemp Foundation and Opportunity Lives Convenes at UNC, Chapel Hill May 5, 2016

State and national policymakers, education and business leaders to lead discussion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 5, 2016, the Jack Kemp Foundation, The Center for Education Reform, the nation’s leader in advancing education opportunity, and Opportunity Lives will welcome Congressman Luke Messer, state and national policymakers, education and business leaders to the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity, focusing on addressing upward mobility through education opportunity.


May 5, 2016 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Rizzo Conference Center, Magnolia Ballroom, 150 DuBose Home Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


The Honorable Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina

The Honorable Luke Messer, Congressman (IN-6) & Member, US House Education and Workforce Committee

The Honorable Rob Bryan, State Representative (NC-88, Charlotte)

The Honorable Edward Hanes, Jr., State Representative (NC-72, Winston-Salem)

Mr. Travis Mitchell, President and Exec. Dir, Communities in Schools – Wake County

Dr. Tim Hall, Director of Academics, Thales Academy

Mr. Jonathan Hage, Founder and CEO, Charter Schools USA, Inc

Ms. Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO, The Center for Education Reform (CER)

Mr. Jimmy Kemp, President, The Jack Kemp Foundation

RSVP required.

Register here.

Media Contact: Emma Watkins, Event Contact: Brenda Hafera,, (202) 750-0016

The mission of The Center for Education Reform (CER) is to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth, ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

The mission of The Jack Kemp Foundation is to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders who champion the American Idea.

Opportunity Lives is a news platform dedicated to discovering and highlighting real-life success stories and solutions across America.


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