On Friday, October 13, join The Network for Public Education Action and KPFA radio for a critical conversation between Network for Public Education (NPE) President, Diane Ravitch and Network for Public Education (NPE) Action Board Member, Jitu Brown.

Diane Ravitch is the author of eleven books on education, including the best-selling Death and Life of the Great American School System, which sparked national resistance to corporate and market-based education “reform.” In addition to serving as President of NPE and NPE Action, Diane is a Research Professor at New York University and a historian of education.

Jitu Brown is a long-time community organizer born on Chicago’s south side. He is a product of Chicago’s public school system and a proud parent and husband. Jitu started volunteering for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), the oldest black-led organizing community based organization in Chicago in 1991.

In his role as National Director for J4J, he leads an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 23 cities across the country that demand community-driven alternatives to the privatization of and dismantling of public school systems. He has brought great energy and focus to the connection between the attacks on public education and the disempowerment of African American communities all across the country.

He was one of 12 parents, grandparents and community members who put their bodies on the line in a 34-day long hunger strike to save Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago, the last open enrollment High School in the historic Bronzeville community.

Jitu and Diane will discuss U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ continued attempt to dismantle and corporatize America’s public education system and the #WeChoose campaign, a national coalition composed of powerful education justice organizations. The #WeChoose campaign includes: Network for Public Education, BadAss Teachers Association, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, The Advancement Project, the Education Justice Network, Alliance for Education, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, Dignity in Schools, Save Our Schools, Institute for Democratic Education in America and Journey for Justice Alliance, whose combined membership represents millions of Americans. Campaign members are joining forces to hold Congress and the Administration accountable in the upcoming education budget hearings.

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