Will School Choice Create Better Schools or Disable the Public School System?
School choice advocates believe having the option to send children to charter schools, private schools or better performing public schools should be the right of every parent and will provide for competition in education where schools will have to perform better to retain students. The opposition to school choice argues it can violate the separation of Church & State by providing federal funds for private faith based education. Many view school choice as a tool to destroy the Public School System particularly in poorer district where students will be limited because of the available tax dollars and the inability to travel to better performing schools.
Tonight the Live in the Vocal Booth team ask you to weigh in on school choice. Do you think school choice will hurt the public school system or create a climate of competition where all schools will have to raise student performance and offer and education that parents and children want or is school choice undermining an already disabled educational system by taking needed funds away. Also does money provided per pupil make a difference in a child’s education? Join us for what is sure to be a major debate “Live in the Vocal Booth”
Special Guest: Qadree El-Amin
If ever someone had the Midas touch in business and music, it would have to be internationally recognized entertainment executive Qadree El-Amin. Best known for his skillful and successful navigation of the careers of GRAMMY Award-winning artists Boyz II Men, El-Amin seems to not only turn everything within his grasp into pure gold, but over the years, he has had a knack for attracting successful artists who want to take their careers to even greater heights.
Born and raised in Little Brick Newark, New Jersey, El-Amin has a reputation as a savvy artist manager and a crafty negotiator. Thanks to his ingenuity and assertiveness, Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of artists who climbed to the number one position on the charts a remarkable 50 times. Their hit single, “One Sweet Day,” with Mariah Carey, spent a record-breaking 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
Earlier this year, El-Amin’s hard work was memorialized when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Said El-Amin of the occasion, “It was a surreal moment; to see those guys, for all of us to be together again...witnessing a historic moment for Boyz II Men.” While he is largely recognized for his success with Boyz II Men, the El-Amin stamp extends far beyond the popular 90’s boy band. Through his Southpaw Entertainment Company, he has also served as manager to global superstars Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Janet Jackson, Teddy Riley & Blackstreet, Deborah Cox and Lou Bega, among many others.
Over the years, El-Amin has worked closely and formed valuable alliances with a veritable who’s who of music’s elite, including noted record label presidents Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Jimmy Iovine and Tommy Mottola. Never one to shy away from diversification, El-Amin has also dabbled in the film world, having played a major role in groundbreaking movie soundtracks for big screen favorites such as “Jason’s Lyric,” “Boomerang,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Khazam, “Soul Food,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back, “ Prince of Egypt,” and “Hurricane.” He has also produced several notable television specials, among them “Homecoming,” a Disney production featuring Boyz II Men and “A Christmas Special,” with Vanessa Williams, Babyface, Shania Twain, Phil Collins and Rosie O’Donnell. Clearly, El-Amin has passion for his work but there’s more to him than what the entertainment world sees. As the father of four -- three sons and one daughter -- El-Amin keeps his hands busy guiding the growth and development of his own family. Additionally, his two clothing lines, Southpaw and Heavy Hittaz, continue to thrive and grow.
Currently, he is hard at work on his biography, Qadree El-Amin: AMAN, which is due for a Fall 2012 release, as well as various other domestic and international business ventures, including a burgeoning deal with legendary boxing promoter Don King, with the Don King Flight Card Mobile App. But despite all of his endeavors, this generous, socially-conscious role model prides himself on his philanthropy and makes every effort to feed his desire to give back to the community. He has travelled worldwide on charitable and humanitarian missions, something which is very close to El-Amin’s heart. An active philanthropist, he has benefitted organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and back in his home town, the Newark Boy’s Club.
After more than four decades in the music industry, Qadree El-Amin shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, if you ask him, he’ll tell you that he’s just beginning to make his mark. Says El-Amin, “God has told me that the things I’ve done in the past will pale in comparison to the things that I will do in the future.”