Check out our very first episode of PJSTA Live where I had the opportunity to discuss the 2016 election and it’s implications on public education with Jeanette Deturmann, Alexandra Gordon, and Merrie Najimy. Jeanette is the founder of Long Island Opt-Out and a member of the New York State Allies for Public Education steering committee. Alexandra is a trustee on the Comsewogue School Board and has been a long time advocate for public education. Merrie is a member of the Educators for a Democratic Union caucus in Massachusetts and the President of the Concord Teachers Association.
We had a great, wide ranging discussion where we covered the following…
- What the Trump presidency means for public education.
- What does school choice, Trump’s big education talking point, actually mean for students and schools?
- The impact of the down ballot state legislative elections on public schools in New York State.
- The resounding victory that the Massachusetts Teachers Association had over a ballot initiative that would have raised the charter cap in their state and decimated public schools.
- How teachers can organize statewide to fight back against reform groups and politicians who are backed by school privatizers.
Watch the episode whenever you get a chance… on the couch, on the treadmill, in your faculty rooms at lunch time, or even listen to it in the car. Please share far and wide within your circles, and be sure to make suggestions for our future episodes.