The Education United for Democracy Conference brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to strengthen the movement for democracy in all of education, from kindergarten through higher education. As the attack on public education continues to escalate, with thousands of schools closed, tens of thousands of teachers laid off, student and labor unions under attack, science and education demonized, and higher education evermore expensive and out of reach for working people, the need is immediate for an effective national and global coordinated movement to overcome corporatization and to fight for the democratic alternative.
The 2017 Education for Democracy Conference will address the realities of this critical moment and work to develop actions for the coming year. It will also educate about the long term underlying problems in education today. And it will raise up examples of successful reforms and organizing at all levels of education. The conference will feature case studies, panel discussions, roundtable workshops, skillshares and strategy sessions about: