Reframing education reform and teacher unions

The recent strike by public school teachers in Chicago is the topic of a free public lecture at SUNY New Paltz on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Coykendall Science Building auditorium. The speaker is University of Illinois Professor Pauline Lipman. Her talk, titled “The Chicago Teachers Strike: Reframing Education Reform and Teacher Unions,” will focus on the national significance of the recent strike and its potential for the future of education reform and teacher unions in the U.S.

Led by a revitalized Chicago Teachers Union and widely supported by parents, the strike was about more than compensation. It was in opposition to the current direction in public education and its effects on teaching and learning. The CTU’s new brand of teacher unionism — democratic, grassroots and allied with parents and communities in promoting education equity and holistic education — will be examined in the talk.

For information, contact Nancy Schniedewind at 257-2827.