On November 14, 2014, Dorothy Feola, an Associate Dean in the College of Education at William Paterson University, moderated an illuminating panel discussion sponsored by the Education Justice Committee at The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood. Five panelists active in grass roots education organizations gave a powerful overview of current “school reform:” The ways in which it destroys community control, undermines quality education, impacts funds for public schools, and diminishes the teaching/learning process.
Junius Williams, Esq.: Director of The Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University
Sharon Smith: Executive Director of Newark Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSENJ)
Deborah Cornavaca, Ph.D.: Better Choices Campaign Coordinator, New Jersey Working Families
Christine McGoey: Activist in Montclair Cares about Schools (MCAS)
Jean McTavish: Principal, West Side High School, New York City
Audio recordings of the panel discussion are included at the bottom of this page.
Click below to listen to the audio recordings:
Welcome by Sally Lewis:
Introduction by Dorothy Feola:
Final Thoughts from the Panel:
Junius Williams Summation:
Q & A:
Education Justice Committee: