Diane Ravitch. Monday. Be There!

If you do just one thing for public education this month, come hear Diane Ravitch on Monday evening – and bring a friend. Seriously. This is a huge event for our education justice movement in Southwest PA and a crucial opportunity to be a part of the conversation about the future of our schools.

Don’t miss this rare – and free – opportunity to hear widely acclaimed education historian and best-selling author Dr. Ravitch speak on her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. She is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and named by the Wall Street Journal as a “whistle-blower extraordinaire.”

The event will be at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill (5505 Forbes Avenue / 15217). Doors open at 5PM. The lecture begins at 6PM.

Do you have friends wondering about school closures? The massive budget cuts? Increasing class sizes and high-stakes-testing? Have them spend just one hour with Diane Ravitch to learn why there is a better way forward for our kids and our schools.

We are honored to have Dr. Ravitch here for the premiere of her book, which will not be released nationally until the following day. Pittsburghers will be the first in the country to see this incredibly important new work! (I can say that with confidence because the publisher sent advance copies of the book to education bloggers and I’ve already had the pleasure of reading it.) I am pleased that Mystery Lovers Bookshop will be on hand with copies and that Dr. Ravitch will stay after her talk to sign books.

We can seat 1,000 people and it will be on a first come, first seated basis. Many local and state legislators will be joining us as well as school board members and district administrators. Dr. Ravitch will host a Q&A following her talk, so this promises to be an important community conversation with many of the region’s stakeholders and decision makers in attendance. We are also expecting lots of media coverage, including some possible national attention. Be sure to come early to get your seat!

For your enjoyment during the 5 o’clock hour, we will have some terrific student performances. Come hear the Pittsburgh Obama Steel Drum band and the Pittsburgh Dilworth Drummers raise the roof! Children’s activities will be provided by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University’s HearMe project.

Pittsburgh Obama Steel Drums play this summer for a neighborhood street festival.

Pittsburgh Obama Steel Drums play this summer for a neighborhood street festival.

Pittsburgh Dilworth Drummers play for our Rally for Public Education back in February.

Pittsburgh Dilworth Drummers play for our Rally for Public Education back in February.

This event is being hosted by our new coalition, Great Public Schools (GPS) Pittsburgh: Action United, One Pittsburgh, PA Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, SEIU, and Yinzercation.

Thanks to our co-sponsors, we are able to keep the lecture free and open to the public. Much appreciation to: Carlow Univ. School of Education, Chatham Univ. Department of Education, Duquesne Univ. School of Education, First Unitarian Church Social Justice Endowment, PA State Education Association, Robert Morris Univ. School of Education & Social Sciences, Slippery Rock Univ. College of Education, Temple Sinai, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Education, and Westminster College Education Department.

If you haven’t yet RSVPed, please head over to our Facebook event page where you can let us know you are coming. You can also invite your friends and help spread the word. See you Monday!

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