A movement depends on public awareness. Here is another important effort to inform the public:

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Update:

The meeting location has been moved to Gaige Hall, room 100.

SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION

The Privatization of Public Education

High Stakes Testing, Charter Schools and more

A Public Forum
Saturday, April 27, 10am-2pm
Rhode Island College
Gaige Hall, Room 100

Join us for this public event on the movement to privatize our public schools. What is behind the push to privatize? What role do government programs like Race to the Top play? What about high-stakes testing and charter schools? And most importantly: What can we do to stop the dismantling of public education and advocate for a better model of a fully public, fully democratic, fully funded public education system?

Sponsored by:
The Coalition to Defend Public Education
Latin American Student Organization at RIC
and LIFE (student organization at RIC)
For more information, call 401-400-0373
AGENDA:

10am: Keynote Speech: Jose Soler, Labor Studies Department, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

10:20-11:20: Panel Discussion: The Privatization of Public Education: The Big Picture

Panelists Include:
Thad Lavallee, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Servio Gomez, Rhode Island College
Monica Teixeira de Sousa

11:20-12:00: Intermission (light refreshments served)

12:00-1:00: Panel Discussion: The Impact of the Privatization Reform Agenda in Rhode Island

Panelists include:
Marcia Rangell-Vassell, Providence public schools parent
Aaron Regenburg, Organizer, Providence Student Union
Brian Chidester, Coalition to Defend Public Education