National Press Club

Freedom to Teach

Freedom to Teach

April 18, 2019 9:00 AM

Location: Murrow Room

AFT President Randi Weingarten to Deliver Major Address on the Crisis in the Teaching Profession, and Lay Out Agenda to Secure Investment and the Freedom to Teach

WASHINGTON—Amid increased teacher activism and with an eye on the 2020 presidential election, AFT President Randi Weingarten will deliver a major address on the crisis in the teaching profession—a crisis fueled by massive disinvestment in public education and deprofessionalization—and discuss a path forward to secure investment and the freedom to teach.

Weingarten will lay out pragmatic solutions that can be implemented at the school, district and state levels; negotiated at the bargaining table; or legislated. Following Weingarten’s speech, union, district and state leaders will discuss how they are addressing the crisis in American education and how others can build on their successes.

Interviews with Weingarten and classroom educators will be available. Media must RSVP here. The event will be livestreamed on AFT’s Facebook page.

WHO: AFT President Randi Weingarten

Erin Benham, President, Meriden Board of Education
Jessica Cardichon, Director of Federal Policy, Learning Policy Institute
Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Joyce Elliott, State Senator, District 31, Arkansas
Ray Gaer, President, ABC Federation of Teachers
Mark Hughes, President, Meriden Board of Education
Howie Morales, Lieutenant Governor, New Mexico
Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
Betty Rosa, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
Mary Sieu, Superintendent, ABC Unified School District

WHAT: Keynote Address and Panel Discussions

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2019
9 a.m.—Keynote Address
10 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.—Panel Discussions

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Jennifer Chang