Event Type: 
Panel
Location: 
NYC
Event Year: 
2018
Room: 
1.71
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Session 7: Sunday, June 3rd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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Teachers and communities in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Jersey City, Chicago, Puerto Rico, New York, and elsewhere are mobilizing against aggressive attacks on overall public school budgets, leading to crumbling infrastructures, depleted resources, and poorly paid staff. Educators understand how their poor working conditions are linked to poor learning conditions. Disinvestment is part of a plan to undermine public education and make way for privatization through voucher programs and charterization (public funds to privately operated schools with little to no oversight or accountability). Both major parties are largely united behind this “educational reform” agenda. In New York, it uses high-stakes testing to punish students, teachers, and schools in high-poverty districts for predictably scoring low on standardized tests. Their public schools are then closed as “failing” and replaced with privately-managed charter schools. A whole new profit center has been created by wealthy investors to make money in the testing and charter school industries. These same wealthy interests promote candidates and lobbying groups that advocate cuts to high-bracket taxes, public school funding, and the rights of teachers’ unions. This test-punish-and-privatize agenda has become the substitute for desegregating and fully funding public schools, the only education reform that has really worked to radically close achievement gaps. Desegregation by race and class has also improved education for students of all backgrounds, who do better in terms intellectual self-confidence, leadership, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and tolerance. But spurred by a series of court decisions since the 1970s that have increasingly approved segregation in fact as long as it isn’t segregation codified by law, segregation continues to grow, especially in New York where schools are now the most segregated in the nation, with two-thirds of black students attending schools that are at least 90% minority. How have these policies played out in New York? What are communities doing to identify these issues and fight for public voice and agency in the kind of education they want? This panel will discuss organizing for a progressive education reform agenda based on equitable and adequate school funding, an end to high-stakes testing and privatization, and a gifted-quality education for every child.
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Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York. He is a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York.
Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York. He is a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York.
Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York. He is a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York.
Lois Weiner is Director of the Urban Education and Teacher Unionism Policy Project at New Jersey City University. She was a classroom teacher for 15 years before becoming a college professor, researcher, and teacher educator. She writes widely on education and labor, specializing in teacher... Read more

POLITICS FORUM

Host: New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Room: L.76
Host: Left Forum
Room: L2.85
Host: The Movement for a People's Party
Room: L2.84
Room: 1.113
Featured Speakers:
Host: Revolutionary Workers Group
Room: 1.63
Room: 1.67
Host: New York Doctors coalition
Room: 1.77
Host: Monthly Review
Room: L2.81
Host: The Real News Network
Room: L.63
Room: L.76
Host: Solidarity
Room: 1.125
Host: Socialist Action
Room: 1.63
Room: 1.65
Host: World Beyond War
Room: 1.67
Room: 1.69
Room: 1.73
Room: 1.76
Room: 1.77
Room: 1.108
Host: Social Democrats USA
Room: L2.81
Room: L2.85
Room: 1.113
Featured Speakers:
Host: Defending Rights & Dissent
Room: 1.125
Featured Speakers:
Host: Black Institute
Room: 1.127
Host: The North Star
Room: 1.65
Host: Green Party of New York State
Room: 1.66
Host: Tax Wall Street Party
Room: 1.67
Host: In These Times
Room: 1.71
Host: Organizing Upgrade
Room: 1.75
Host: Class Struggle Education Workers
Room: 1.77
Host: WBAI Rising
Room: 1.90
Host: Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro chapter
Room: L2.81
Room: Black Box Theater
Host: Jacobin magazine
Room: L.76
Host: Solidarity
Room: L2.84
Host: Verso Books
Room: 1.66
Host: Critical Sociology
Room: 1.67
Room: 1.69
Host: Zero Books
Room: 1.71
Host: Coalition for Civil Freedoms
Room: 1.73
Host: Social Democrats USA
Room: 1.75
Host: National Human Rights Cities Alliance | US Human Rights Network
Room: 1.76
Host: Marxist-Humanist Initiative
Room: 1.77
Host: Fearless Cities NYC
Room: 1.91
Host: Left Voice
Room: L2.81
Host: Socialist Register
Room: L2.84
Host: Center for Election Science
Room: 1.114
Room: 1.63
Room: 1.65
Host: Green Party of New York State
Room: 1.69
Room: 1.71
Host: Jewish Currents
Room: 1.75
Featured Speakers:
Host: Socialist Action
Room: 1.76
Host: Science for the People
Room: 1.77
Room: 1.91
Host: One People's Project
Room: 1.92
Host: Justice Strategies
Room: L2.81
Host: Great Transition Collective
Room: L.76
Room: L2.84
Host: Democracy at work
Room: L2.85
Host: Chemtrails Fightback
Room: 1.125
Host: Platypus Affiliated Society
Room: 1.129
Host: New Politics
Room: 1.65
Room: 1.69
Room: 1.71
Host: Struggle Newspaper
Room: 1.73
Host: Columbia University Teachers College
Room: 1.75
Room: 1.76
Host: Chicago ALBA Solidarity
Room: 1.101
Host: Socialist Register
Room: L2.84
Room: 1.114
Host: Marxist-Humanist Initiative
Room: 1.129
Room: 1.65
Room: 1.67
Host: Internationalist Group and Class Struggle Education League
Room: 1.69
Host: Green Party of New York State
Room: 1.71
Host: Malcolm X Center for Self Determination
Room: 1.73
Host: Show Up America
Room: 1.76
Host: Socialism and Democracy
Room: 1.77
Host: Social Democrats, USA
Room: 1.81

CREATIVITY FORUM

Room: Black Box Theater
Room: Black Box Theater
Room: 1.93
Room: 1.99
Host: Zero Books
Room: 1.100
Host: All Revolutionary Qs
Room: 1.91
Host: May First/People Link
Room: 1.92
Room: 1.93
Host: TIKKUN Magazine
Room: 1.99
Host: Georgetown University
Room: 1.100
Host: Black Media Matters
Room: L2.85
Host: May First/People Link
Room: 1.92
Host: Society of the Third Millennium (S3K)
Room: 1.99
Host: New Masses Media
Room: 1.100
Host: Radical Poets Collective
Room: 1.101
Host: Marxist Education Project
Room: 1.99
Room: 1.100
Host: Hudson Valley Sally and the Music Now! Unit
Room: Black Box Theater
Room: 1.113
Featured Speakers:
Room: 1.92
Room: 1.100
Featured Speakers:
Room: L.76
Host: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Room: 1.91
Host: Consortium for Independent Journalism, consortiumnews.com
Room: 1.99
Host: Left Forum
Room: 1.100

THEORY AND HISTORY FORUM

Host: Left Forum
Room: L.63
Host: LeftOut
Room: 1.124
Host: The Free Economic Society of Russia
Room: 1.129
Host: Zeitgeist NYC
Room: 1.73
Room: 1.124
Host: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung--New York Office
Room: 1.129
Host: New Politics
Room: 1.66
Room: 1.124
Host: Gabriel Peri Foundation
Room: 1.63
Host: Institute for the Radical Imagination
Room: 1.129
Host: Bottom Up Radio Show
Room: 1.63
Room: 1.124
Room: 1.129
Host: Struggle Newspaper
Room: 1.66
Host: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Room: 1.124
Host: Institute for the Radical Imagination
Room: 1.63
Host: Platypus Affiliated Society
Room: 1.66
Host: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung--New York Office
Room: Black Box Theater
Featured Speakers:
Host: The Institute for Critical Study of Society
Room: 1.124

ECONOMY FORUM

Host: Zone Books
Room: L2.81
Room: 1.114
Room: 1.115
Host: Henry George School of Social Science (NYC)
Room: 1.123
Host: CUNY Struggle
Room: 1.71
Host: Trust for Affordable Housing
Room: 1.76
Host: Democracy at work
Room: L2.84
Host: League for the Revolutionary Party
Room: 1.114
Host: Union for Radical Political Economics
Room: 1.115
Host: Fashion Reverie Publications, LLC
Room: 1.119
Host: Henry George School of Social Science (NYC)
Room: 1.123
Room: 1.127
Host: Powerline Films
Room: 1.92
Host: Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, UMKC
Room: L.76
Host: Democracy at work
Room: L2.84
Host: Critical Sociology
Room: 1.114
Host: Zero Books
Room: 1.115
Host: The Workers' Economy, North American, Central American & Caribbean Region
Room: 1.117
Host: Solidarity
Room: 1.119
Host: Henry George School of Social Science (NYC)
Room: 1.123
Host: Fed Group of Upper West Side
Room: 1.114
Host: Tax Wall Street Party
Room: 1.117
Host: Georgist Economic Taskforce
Room: 1.121
Host: Henry George School of Social Science (NYC)
Room: 1.123
Host: Science & Society
Room: 1.124
Host: Rise Up Filming, llc
Room: 1.127
Host: The Democracy Collaborative
Room: L2.85
Host: Coalition for Social Justice
Room: 1.115
Host: Tech Workers Coalition
Room: 1.119
Host: Henry George School of Social Science (NYC)
Room: 1.123
Room: L2.85
Host: International Marxist-Humanist Organization
Room: 1.115
Host: Tech Workers Coalition
Room: 1.119
Host: Georgist Economic Taskforce
Room: 1.123

INTERNATIONAL FORUM

Host: Black Alliance for Peace (BAP)
Room: L.76
Host: Jewish Voice for Peace, Westchester
Room: 1.101
Host: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung--New York Office
Room: 1.103
Room: 1.105
Host: Party of the European Left
Room: 1.103
Room: 1.105
Host: New York State Nurses Association
Room: 1.107
Room: 1.69
Room: 1.101
Host: CovertAction Magazine
Room: 1.103
Room: 1.105
Room: 1.107
Host: Haiti Liberte
Room: 1.108
Host: Burma Task Force
Room: 1.103
Host: World Can't Wait
Room: 1.105
Host: Left Voice
Room: 1.107
Host: Cuba Si Coalition
Room: 1.108
Host: Journal 'Alternatives'
Room: L2.82
Room: 1.101
Host: The Hampton Institute, a working-class think thank
Room: 1.105
Host: Task Force on the Americas
Room: 1.107
Host: Federal State Agency for Civic Education of Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania
Room: 1.108
Host: Chicago ALBA Solidarity
Room: 1.109
Host: The Democracy Collaborative
Room: 1.91
Room: 1.103
Host: Dr. Frank Romano, Peace & Freedom in the Holy Land
Room: 1.105
Room: 1.107
Host: Party of the European Left
Room: 1.108
Host: Middle East Peace Forum
Room: 1.109
Host: Code Pink
Room: 1.101
Host: Palestinian Youth Movement
Room: 1.105
Host: Socialist Action
Room: 1.107
Host: Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience Support Network
Room: 1.108
Room: 1.109

RACE FORUM

Host: Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
Room: L2.85
Host: Southern Anti-Racism Network
Room: 1.85
Host: The Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College
Room: 1.87
Host: Tuskegee University
Room: 1.89
Room: 1.75
Host: Committe to End Racist Drug Wars
Room: 1.85
Host: Marxist-Humanist Initiative
Room: 1.89
Host: New Sanctuary Coalition
Room: L.63
Host: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung--New York Office
Room: 1.129
Host: Coalition for Civil Freedoms
Room: 1.85
Host: Cooperation Jackson
Room: 1.89
Host: VELO Bloomfield
Room: 1.125
Room: 1.85
Host: International Marxist-Humanist Organization
Room: 1.87
Room: 1.89
Host: The Brotherwise Dispatch
Room: 1.85
Room: 1.89
Room: 1.85
Host: Left Voice
Room: 1.89
Host: Justice 4 the Wrongfully Incarcerated
Room: 1.85
Host: Pan-African Community Action (PACA)
Room: 1.89

GENDER AND SEXUALITY FORUM

Host: Party of Communists USA
Room: 1.81
Room: 1.83
Room: 1.81
Host: Democracy at work
Room: 1.83
Room: Black Box Theater
Featured Speakers:
Host: Situations Journal
Room: 1.81
Host: Devolution Productions
Room: 1.83
Room: 1.81
Room: 1.83
Host: Socialism and Democracy
Room: 1.81
Host: Critical Sociology
Room: 1.82
Room: 1.83

ENVIRONMENT FORUM

Host: Sustaining All Life
Room: 1.82
Host: New York University
Room: 1.82
Host: New York University
Room: 1.82
Room: 1.82
Host: Shut Down Indian Point Now
Room: 1.82
Host: New Politics
Room: L2.82
Host: Verso Books
Room: 1.82
Host: Green Party of New York State
Room: L2.82