Students, parents, teachers, and public education advocates are gathering Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a screening and discussion on the trend of corporate takeovers of American public schools examined in the documentary Education, Inc. Screening of the film begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at Vanderbilt Wilson Hall 103, located at the intersection of Terrace Place and 21st Ave. S. (Metered parking is available around the building.)
Panelists include Nashville School Board member Will Pinkston, Nashville Schools teacher Amanda Kail, and Nashville Schools parent Chelle Baldwin. Several groups from Tennessee have come together to sponsor the event: Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence, Metro Nashville Education Association, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, Vanderbilt Students of Nonviolence, and Vanderbilt Students Engaging in Education Dialogue (SEED).
“As public schools nationwide struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, corporate reformers see opportunity to take away local control of our community schools,” said Lyn Hoyt, president of Tennesseans Reclaiming Education Excellence (TREE). “It’s important we stop and take a look at what’s happening here in Tennessee.”
Education, Inc. was produced by documentary filmmakers and public school parents Brian and Cindy Malone. The Malones made the film to inform and engage local communities across the country. They have made the film available for house parties and community screenings by simply purchasing a DVD. Their hope is that students, parents, citizens, and public school advocacy groups will use the film to help start an important conversation about the role and value of public education in America.
Please join us.
For questions contact Anne Marie Farmer, 615-295-8733, firstname.lastname@example.org