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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 4, January/February 2005

Public Education—Not for Sale II

Privatization of education at all levels is expanding as government cuts back on the funding of education. A conference called "Public Education Not for Sale II" being held on February 18–19, will examine the issues and focus on actions that can be taken to protect public education. It is a follow-up to a similar conference on the theme held in 2000.

Keynote speakers for the conference are both authors of books looking at the impact of commercialization on children. Heather-jane Robertson’s book is No More Teachers, No More Books: The Commercialization of Canada’s Schools. Juliet Schor’s book is Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture.

In addition to these speakers, a range of workshops will look at issues related to privatization in the post-secondary system in B.C., as well as those affecting the K–12 schools, from school fees and fundraising to school district business companies. Action workshops will develop plans for challenging privatization and supporting public education.

Co-sponsors of the conference, along with the BCTF, are the other members of the B.C. Coalition for Public Education, as well as the B.C. Federation of Labour, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, and the Charter for Public Education Network.

For more information on the conference and the registration form, check the BCTF web site at bctf.ca/notforsale/PrivatizationConference/.

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