Starts: Thursday, Jul. 17 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Thursday, Jul. 17 2:15 PM (Eastern)
Educators, parents, and public education advocates across the country are pushing back against corporate schemes to privatize education. We rallying for more funding, for lower class sizes and more resources for our schools. We are fighting against the excessive and toxic testing of our students, the for-profit charter industry and attacks on basic rights for teachers. Join other public education advocates in this high-energy group discussion of the latest education issues.
Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators — she is the first Latina and first former Teacher of the Year to lead the NEA.
Other sessions: Common Core: A View from the Middle
MARY CATHRYN RICKER is the executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. She was overwhelmingly elected to that position in July 2014 at the AFT’s biennial convention in Los Angeles. Ricker served as president of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 28, since 2005, as an AFT vice president since 2012, and a member of the AFT K-12 Teachers program and policy council since 2006. – See more at: http://www.aft.org/about/leadership/mary-cathryn-ricker#sthash.EBMWLKHo.dpuf
Other sessions: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education