NYU Steinhardt and Education International will host “The Politics of Privatization in Education: New Governance, New Policy Networks, New Knowledge Brokers” April 12 through 14 on NYU’s campus.

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NYU Steinhardt and Education International will host “The Politics of Privatization in Education: New Governance, New Policy Networks, New Knowledge Brokers” April 12 through 14 on NYU’s campus.

Chaired by NYU Steinhardt professors Carol Anne Spreen and Gary Anderson, the symposium brings together scholars, teachers, unionists, and advocates interested in better understanding how privatization in education occurs and its consequences, but who typically do not come together at the same meeting.

Speakers and discussants include Angelo Gavrielatos of Education International (the 30-million-member global federation of teacher unions); education historian and NYU Steinhardt research professor Diane Ravitch; and union leaders Lily Eskelsen García of the National Education Association and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. Scholars from Argentina, Canada, Australia, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, India, Brazil, Philippines, and the United Kingdom will also be in attendance, including those who conduct research on the influence of corporations, privatization initiatives, and policies on public education globally.

The “non-conference” is devoid of paper presentations and PowerPoints, and instead brings together a series of panels and working groups to discuss research and recent events around privatization. Topics of discussion include the proliferation of testing (and the resulting “opt out” movements in the United States), boycotts against school closures and the expansion of charter schools, and the consequences of corporations and philanthropic foundations financing and promoting the privatization of education around the world.

The event will be live streamed. For the full program and a link to the live stream, visit the event’s website and Facebook page, and join the conversation using #PoPNonCon16.

Reporters are invited to attend in person or via live stream, and should RSVP to Rachel Harrison in NYU’s Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or rachel.harrison@nyu.edu.

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