We invite you to join us at the Hunt Library (NCSU) for this free community event (registration is required due to size of room). Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of In the Public Interest (ITPI,) a national research and policy center that studies public goods and services. He’s the co-author of The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back. (See below for how you can help PSFNC and get a copy of this book!)
Tim Tyson is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His most recent book, The Blood of Emmett Till, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was among ten finalists for the 2017 National Book Award.
Cohen and Tyson will speak about privatization and the assault on public education. The movement to privatize education is decimating our traditional public schools. Vital resources have been siphoned from already cash-strapped public schools and reallocated to charter schools and to private schools via school vouchers. If this trend continues, and more children attend schools other than traditional public schools, this will result in a two-tier system with children from affluent families attending *choice* schools and concentrating high-needs children in the public schools left behind. We must disrupt this troubling trend to protect the cornerstone of our democracy, our free public schools. If we don’t adequately and equitably invest in our traditional public schools that serve all children, the exodus will continue in North Carolina as in the nation.
Make a tax-deductible donation of $50 to help Public School First and receive Cohen’s book: The Privatization of Everything. Books can be picked up and signed at the event. Donate here: http://publicschoolsfirstnc.org/donate/make-a-donation/.