Speaking Event: Public Education, Privatization and the NEA/CTA & AFT/CFT

When & Where
518 Valencia Street @ 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
January 19, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

What Can Education Workers, Students & Parents Do To Defend Public Education?

Initial Speakers:
Lenni Isenberg, UTLA teacher fighting Against LAUSD Rubber Rooms and Privatization
Jack Garson, Retired Oakland Education Association Teacher And Activist In Public Education Movement
Danny Weil, Former Teacher and Journalist of Truthout and Daily Censored on Privatization of Education
Madeline Mueller, Professor City College Of San Francisco
SF MLK Middle School UESF/SEIU 1021 Teachers and Staff

Over the last thirty years there has been a coordinated effort by rightwing ideologues and billionaires such as the Walmart family (Walton Foundation), Eli Broad (Broad Foundation) Bill Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) Donald Fisher (Gap Foundation), Pearson Inc. to privatize the trillion dollar public education system in the US
through charters, common core testing, merit pay and legislation like "No Child Left Behind" and "Race To The Top".
This forum will address how this attack is taking place and how the NEA and AFT which represented nearly two million teachers have done to responded to these attacks.
The NEA and AFT have taken millions of dollars from these same foundations and have accepted the principle of charter schools being introduced into public education.
Has there been a national campaign against privatization and why not?
Has there been an effort to challenge the financial conflicts of interests by privatizers in Boards of Education and other governmental entities?
Have rank and file teachers been provided with a political education and facts and information on how their school/college superintendents, chancellors, regents and managers have implemented privatization tactics including online education and their financial conflicts of interest?
What can education workers, students and all public workers do to defend public education and all public services including fighting the re-segregation of education in the United States.