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Last night, the Caucus of Working Educators hosted an event to celebrate a summer of learning about social justice in unions and education. At Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Avenue), members, co-authors, and guests gathered to hear from the book groups and share ideas and insights gleaned from the readings. Future events and readings are listed below to add to your calendars.

This upcoming school year is already mired in deep budget, possible layoffs, contract debates, elections, and redesign initiatives that threaten to eviscerate the current public school network even further. It is vital that information is combined with action because silence is simply no longer an option. Consider becoming a member or being added to the email list of the Caucus of Working Educators by clicking here. Parents and community members are welcome too. Everyone must come to the table in order for real sustainable change to manifest.

If you have an opportunity, I strongly recommend that you read all or at least a few of following selections. Each shines a bright light and illuminates how this current educational reform landscape has been percolating for nearly 20 years or more and does not intend to simply go away without a fight.

  • Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, by Diane Ravitch
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, by Diane Ravitch
  • Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, by Matthew Countryman
  • Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, by Jane Mcalevey and Bob Ostertag
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein
  • Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity, by Micah Uetrich
  • How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers, by Labor Notes
  • A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education, by Mercedes K. Schneider
  • Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook, by Bhaskar Sunk

For ongoing insight into what is occurring locally and nationally in public education consider becoming a subscriber to Pennsylvania Education Crisis Highlights collected by Ken Derstine by emailing

On Thursday, October 2 at IAFF Local 22, 415 North 5th Street from 4:30 to 6:30 the Caucus of Working Educators will be hosting a Teacher Union Boot Camp. Mark Brenner and Samantha Winslow, co-authors of How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers will be present as participants understand how to reclaim collective space, turn union structures into organizing tools, and organize and identify leaders (building). Regional discussion groups will be held on October 15 in Kensington, October 16 in Northwest, and October 23 in West/Southwest. Additional information can be found here.

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