Monday, February 02, 2015


forwarded from Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College

Occidental College is honored to be able to host Randi Weingarten, national president of the 1.5 million member American Federation of Teachers, who will be speaking this Wednesday at 7 pm in Choi Auditorium about “The Schools All Children Deserve.”  She will be joined by UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl and South Los Angeles parent and ACCE Board Member Martha Sanchez who talk about the Los Angeles campaign for better conditions for teaching and learning. This event is sponsored by UEP 214 (Educational Policies and Politics), a course taught by Adjunct Professor Steve Zimmer, a member of the LAUSD school board.   I hope you can make it. It should be a fascinating evening.

Choi Auditorium in located in the McKinnon Center/Johnson Hall on the Occidental campus in Eagle Rock.

Weingarten, a dynamic speaker, is one of the leading players in the national debates over education policy. She has written extensively about public education issues and is regularly featured as a commentator on MSNBC, ABC, PBS, NPR and other national news programs. Before her election to lead the AFT,  she was a long time teacher and the President of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City.

With the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind quickly moving through the Republican Congress,  controversial education issues are rising to the forefront of both our national and local political conversation. This is a rare opportunity for our students to hear from a key influencer in the national debate about the future of public education.

 Randi 2-4


Occidental College is located in northeast Los Angeles in the community of Eagle Rock, between Pasadena on the east and Glendale on the west. Our street address is 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041. The campus is 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, less than an hour from the beaches and within two hours of local mountain resorts and ski areas.

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