Author: Jason B. Allen

Over the last 10 years, Jason B. Allen has worked in Education servicing our students, families and communities in various positions from After School and Summer Camp Director, Teacher Assistant, Associate Teacher, ELA & Reading Teacher (elem, middle and high school), Parent Liaison and a Family Engagement Specialist. A major goal of his is to ensure that all youth have positive role models to emulate and aspire them to find greatness in their endeavors. Throughout his academic career, he has mentored many young, African American males through his national mentoring program, BMWI (Black Men with Initiative), serving as the third National President. He has also volunteered with several community organizations including PTSA, Lillie’s Foundation and the JoJo Martin Renal Disease Foundation. He has served in various Board Chair capacities, completed Board Certification through the GA Charter Schools Commission, GA Leadership Academy Economic & Leadership Development Certification. He’s also a YouCAN advocate with 50Can and a 2017 GA Forward fellow. Embedding the spirit of service, the main goal of Mr. Allen is to simply help others along his life’s journey. He’s dedicated to servicing those in need, determined to do the right thing for the right reasons and dependable; living by his word being his bond.

Should School Attendance Zones Have Boundaries?

House Bill 788, introduced Thursday, would break the link between neighborhood and school, allowing students with the right connections to attend a school outside their neighborhood.  A recent article in the AJC discussing House Bill 788 that is co-sponsored by Rep. Valencia Stovall has sparked some really interesting conversations about school attendance zones and enrollment. Rep. Stovall does a lot of…

Parents Speak Out for Clayton County, GA Schools

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) published an article regarding Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s ongoing dispute over Clayton County sales tax revenue from jet fuel. This is a critical topic and connects to our recent post about equitable funding for schools. It’s important for all stakeholders to understand how local taxes impact local schools and…

Stop Shortchanging Students

Nearly one in five charter schools (17 percent) have to delay their school opening date by a year or more due to facilities related issues. – CSFI  GeorgiaCAN is putting equitable funding at the top of their list this year! In a recent blog post, the organization discusses their top priorities and why. Recently the organization pulled together parents, students,…

National Transit Equity Day: Transportation Impacts School Attendance and Enrollment

“Transit Equity” is a hot topic in Metro Atlanta and across the Nation. Critical discussions about transportation are being held but how many parents of school aged children in public school districts are in the rooms for the discussions? Transportation is a barrier to family engagement in schools . Especially in lower-income and working class communities. That’s why Georgia Stand Up is…

#BlackGirlMagic Is Taking Over

As a mother of a young black girl and being an educator with intimate knowledge about the education system, my message to fellow educators regarding the importance of educating young black girls is simply to go above and beyond the expectations. – Dr. K  Everyone is talking about Black Girl Magic! I had the honor of talking with a great colleague…

Gwinnett SToPP Says We Must “Engage for Equity”

There is a grassroots, advocacy organization in Georgia, Gwinnett STOPP , that is empowering and educating parents. Teaching parents advocacy strategies and increasing the engagement of parents in the school improvement work is their focus. “In order for us to improve schools, everyone must be involved. This includes students, parents, teachers and stakeholders. We must all be at the table!” Marilyn…