Ravitch used her speech to discuss the motivations of corporate education reformers who are funding efforts to undermine public education.
She also criticized No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top and encouraged members to call on legislators to end funding these failed programs.
“Our public schools are vital community institutions,” Ravitch said. “Not chain stores that can be opened and closed at will.”
Read live tweets from Ravitch’s speech here.
Watch as Ravitch compares the logic of firing teachers and school staff for low student test scores with firing police officers for high crime rates.
Ravitch received a standing ovation from the audience at the conclusion of her speech. NJEA President Barbara Keshishian presented Ravitch with a t-shirt that NJEA has produced which reads “Educators in the Lead” on the front and “Follow me” on the back.
Below, NJEA member Marie Corfield models the NJEA t-shirt.