Headley School Lofts (1875), a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from chicagogeek’s photostream

America’s public schools have always been one of our best democratizing institutions and yet they are increasingly under attack from all sides. It’s not only the reoccurring budget cuts, it’s also the efforts towards privatization, and the pressure to teach to the test (or face punitive measures).

Diane Ravitch is a fierce advocate for public education. Ravitch is an historian of education, an educational policy analyst, a research professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and was formerly a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education. She is also a best-selling author. Her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Undermine Education became a surprise best seller a month after its release in 2010. Her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, is due to be released in two weeks.

The Wall Street Journal has called Diane Ravitch a “whistle-blower extraordinaire…” And now you can have a chance to hear her speak about her new book at a free public lecture on Monday, September 16th.

The lecture is being hosted by Great Public Schools (GPS) Pittsburgh (founded by Action United, One Pittsburgh, PA Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, SEIU, and Yinzercation). It’s co-sponsored by 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.

Please RSVP on Facebook to attend.

A Night with Education Expert and Author Diane Ravitch
When: Monday, September 16, 2013, Doors open at 5PM | Lecture at 6PM
Where: Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
RSVP: Here
Cost: Free and open to the public