American University Thursday, July 28 from 1:45 - 3:45 P.M.
The national SOS action in Washington isn’t the end but hopefully the beginning of our organizing work in defense of public education and against the wave of Ownership Society attacks against public schools and democratic public engagement. Mike Klonsky and Diane Ravitch are leading a brainstorming and planning session to thing about the creation of a Think/Do tank of some kind on public education policy and opposition to school privatization and the erosion of public space and decision-making. We hope to bring together writers, researchers, bloggers, tweeters, speakers and activists who share our need to speak truth to power. This workshop will discuss where we go from here in crafting an independent voice that defends public schools and their communities. We will offer ideas about a post-conference research agenda, organizing and media strategy, to ensure that this moment of opportunity is optimized.