Saturday, October 13, 2012
Keith Middle School
225 Hathaway Blvd, New Bedford
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Assault on Public Education:
Organizing the Fightback
Join us on October 13, 2012 as we discuss and form strategy to confront the privatization of public education.The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center and the New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton Educators Associations of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the New Bedford Federation of Paras, Local 2378, Mass AFT as well as the local labor council, unions and community groups, have planned this conference to be relevant to local issues. Our teachers’ unions in the region are under attack by proponents of charter schools. This conference will be an important step in organizing a fight back against these well funded attacks.
We are also in the process of reaching out to the United Teachers of New Orleans, the Chicago Teachers Union, who are engaged in striking against these powerful forces, and teachers from Lawrence, Massachusetts that have had a takeover of their school district by the state and are now facing these corporate forces also.
This conference poses the question of whether private interests be enriched by public education money through charter schools and other forms of education privatization OR will we keep public resources public to benefit all? Below is a chart from Labor Notes which illustrates the amount of resources involved:
UMass Dartmouth Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
New Bedford Educators Association
Fall River Educators Association
Taunton Educators Association
Union of Minority Neighborhoods
Greater SE Mass Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 174
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1037
The UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation Local 1895 Mass AFT
Citizens for Public Schools
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Associated Advocacy Center – Visions for the Future, Inc.
Department of Educational Leadership, UMass, Dartmouth