SF Forum 1/19/13 UPWA SF Forum Public Education, Privatization And The NEA, SEIU And AFT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) 

Saturday January 19, 2013 2:00 PM
518 Valencia St./16th St.
San Francisco, CA 

Public Education, Privatization and The NEA/CTA, CWA and AFT/CFT -

What Can Education Workers And Students Do To Defend Public Education?

Panel Members:

Lenny Isenberg, UTLA Teacher fighting Against Rubber Rooms and Privatization

Jack Garson, Retired OEA 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 Martin Luther King Middle School UESF Teachers & SEIU Staff

Over the last thirty years there has been a coordinated effort by rightwing neoliberal ideologues and billionaires such as the Walmart family (Walton Foundation), Eli Broad (Broad Foundation), Bill Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Donald Fisher (Gap Foundation), and Pearson Inc. to privatize the trillion dollar public education system in the United States 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 what the NEA and AFT, which represent nearly two million teachers have done to  respond to these attacks. The NEA, AFT and SEIU  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 of education and why not?

Has there been an effort to challenge the financial conflicts of interests by privatizers on  Boards of Education and other governmental entities?

Have rank and file teacher and education workers been provided with a political education, facts, and information on how their school superintendents, chancellors, and managers have implemented privatization tactics including online education?

What can education workers, students and the public including public workers do to defend public education and all public services including fighting the  re-segregation of education in the United States?

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It doesnt come as a surprise that LAUSD is a horrific school district. What compels you to stay there? Wouldn't you be happier somewhere functional?

I have been on unpaid administrative leave from LAUSD for 2 years. I don't choose to "stay there," rather I'm in LAUSD limbo, designed to starve me into resigning. It's not easy to go to another school district once LAUSD brings bogus charges against you...and then stalls for years in complete and utter derogation of due process of law.

For the larger, holistic picture of it all...watch the entire film:


At the mid-point of the video, note the references to the intentional dunning-down of society, which relates to our LAUSD experiences.

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