Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Aug. 19 1:30 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Friday, Aug. 19 2:30 PM (Eastern)
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe likely lost to Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia race for governor in part because of his failure to respond to Youngkin’s attacks on public schools for enforcing safety measures during a pandemic and for teaching essential truths about American history, racial injustice, and evolving attitudes toward gender identity. Since McAuliffe’s bungled campaign, Republican strategists have ratcheted up their attacks on schools, and new polling data show Americans’ trust in Democrats to handle education has eroded. This panel will explain what Democrats need to understand to turn that situation around and muster an effective counterattack.
I am a marketing and communications strategist with nearly 30 years of experience – the past 20+ on my own as a freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and consultant. My award-winning advocacy work routinely appears in prominent news outlets including, Salon, Alternet, and The Washington Post. In commercial and fundraising ventures, my work has produced millions of dollars in sales and funds raised for clients, who range from prestigious nonprofit organizations, such as the National Geographic Society and Doctors Without Borders, to Fortune 500 companies such as Kimberley-Clark and Xerox.
Jennifer Berkshire is the creator and co-host of a biweekly podcast on the politics of public education called Have You Heard. She writes about the intersection of education and politics for the Nation, the New Republic, the Baffler, the New York Times, and other publications. She is the co-author (with Jack Schneider) of A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School.