Volume 2, Issue: #2 
Feb. 26, 2014 
Inside NPE News
NPE Conference to be Livestreamed
NPE Endorses Ras Baraka


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Just a few days from the first-ever Network for Public Education Conference, and we are getting excited. Hundreds of activists, teachers, parents, students and citizens who care about our schools will be in Austin, Texas, March 1 and 2. Information is available on FacebookTwitter, and on the NPE website.
The Conference hashtag is #npeconference
NPE Conference to be Livestreamed! 

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Keynote speeches and select workshops will be livestreamed from Austin this weekend.

Los Angeles special education teacher Vincent Precht will be carrying the conference on his channel here, at SchoolhouseLive.org

The conference will begin at 8:30 am Austin time, which is 9:30 am Eastern. We hope to livestream from the start, but some portions of the conference may be delayed, because of their location.

These are the sessions we plan to livestream:

Saturday, Mar. 1
1. 9:15 to 10:30 am
Educators Organizing Resistance: Deb Meier, Jesse Hagopian, Karen Lewis, Katie Osgood and Bob Peterson.

2. 10:45 to Noon
Student Organizing: Moderator : Jose Vilson Panelists: Hannah Nguyen, Israel Munoz, Stephanie Rivera, Bryan Varela, Mayra Mostafa

3. 1 pm to 2:15: Keynotes by John Kuhn and Karen Lewis

4. 2:30 to 3:45: Research and Activism: Moderator: Julian Vasquez Heilig Panelists: Kevin Welner, Tina Trujillo, Kevin Foster, Sonya Horford

5. 4:00 to 5:15: Opting Out
Panelists: Peggy Robertson, Jesse Hagopian, Dora Taylor

Sunday, Mar. 2

1. 9:00 to 10:30 am
Common Core Panel
Paul Horton, Geralyn McLaughlin, Mercedes Schneider, Jose Luis Vilson, Randi Weingarten

2. 10:30 am to Noon: Keynote by Diane Ravitch.

3. 1:00 to 2:15 pm:  TFA
Moderator: Julian Vasquez Heilig Panelists: Sarah Ishmael, Kerry Kretchmar, Camika Royal, Beth Sondel, Chad Sommer

Watch for the conference hashtag: #npeconference on Twitter 

NPE Endorses Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark
NPE Endorses Ras Baraka
The Network for Public Education enthusiastically endorses Ras Baraka for Mayor of the great city of Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Baraka currently serves on the Newark City Council and he is a leader in the fight against school closures & privatization.

Councilman Baraka had a long career as an educator - ten years as an elementary teacher, and twelve as an administrator. He also served as a teachers union representative for five years. This experience gives him a deep understanding of the challenges facing our schools, which was reflected in his responses to the questions posed by NPE.


Councilman Baraka said, "...our focus must be on strengthening, and enhancing our traditional public schools as the core educational reform strategy." He is an advocate of small class sizes, and supports the right of parents to control their students' private data. He is aware of the flaws in the corporate reform model now being implemented in Newark, and told us: "The notion that teachers are solely responsible for educational outcomes of children is a political view that is unsubstantiated by any research."


The Network for Public Education only endorses candidates with a clear commitment to our schools. Councilman Baraka has lived that commitment, and The Network for Public Education offers him our strong support.

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In solidarity,

The Network For Public Education