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Randi Weingarten: The Future of Public Education

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Whether one prioritizes a skilled workforce and more middle-class jobs or pluralism and democracy, fostering a culture of diversity and tolerance or just a desire for our children to thrive and be joyful, the roadmap always starts with investment in a strong public education system.

Over the last few months it's become clear that the Department of Education under the new administration is signalling a shift in public education with unprecedented investment in privatization and school choice vouchers, while the proposed federal budget appears to simultaneously slash nearly $3.6 billion in funding for teacher support and after-school programs which could threaten state’s ability to deliver critical services and resources to their K-12 students. What does this mean for the future of public education and a growing opportunity and inequality gap for the nation's students and schools ? 

Join us for a talk by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten as she explores, what she considers, the four pillars that are springboards to a powerful, purposeful public education: promoting children's well-being, supporting powerful learning, building teacher capacity, and fostering cultures of collaboration.

Randi Weingarten has served as president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers since 2008. Previously, she was president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 educators in New York City. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Cardozo School of Law, and has worked as a lawyer and a high school history teacher. In 2013, the New York Observer named Weingarten one of the most influential New Yorkers of the past 25 years. She is a regular columnist for The New York Times’ Sunday Review and an active member of the Democratic National Committee.


This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Margaret Hallock Program for Women's Rights. Cosponsored by United Academics, AAUP-AFT Local 3209; AFT-Oregon; the World Affairs Council of Oregon; and the UO Labor Education and Research Center.


This event is free and open to the public; no registration is necessary


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