International and national experts to expose corporate involvement in public education at national forum
Posted: 07/05/17 9:49am CST
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Teacher leaders from across Canada and around the world will be in Ottawa to discuss their collective concerns about privatization and commercialization in and of public education. Students before Profits is the theme of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF)’s Canadian Forum on Public Education (July 10-11) and Annual General Meeting (July 12-14). Both events will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on Kent Street.
“Privatization and commercialization in public education are a major concern nationally and globally,” explains CTF President Heather Smith citing examples such as public-private partnerships (P3s); student information systems; online learning; contracting out of education services and corporate influence on educational decision-making.
“Forum speakers will describe how the intrusion of edu-businesses is creating inequalities in terms of access to public education, lowering the standards and conditions of teaching and learning, and using private student data for profit.”
Forum speakers include:
- Heather Smith, CTF President, and Cassie Hallett, CTF Secretary General;
- David Edwards, Deputy General Secretary, and Angelo Gavrielatos, Project Director, Global Response, Education International, on the growing threat of privatization of public education around the world;
- Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, on the need to protect public education in the era of Trump;
- Juliet Wajega, Deputy General Secretary, Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU), and Curtis Riep, Researcher, University of Alberta, on how UNATU was able to persuade their government to stop edu-business Bridge International Academies Ltd. from running for-profit schools;
- Dr. Phil McRae, Executive Staff, The Alberta Teachers’ Association, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, and Graham Martin-Brown, Founder, Learning Without Frontiers, present the campaign “We the Educators”;
- Luc Allaire, General Secretary, Comité syndical francophone de l’éducation et de la formation, and Advisor for international relations, Centrale des syndicats du Québec, on the need to protect public education in Francophone settings; and
- Alec Larose, Advisor, Professional Life, Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement.
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