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All invited to “Who’s Driving the Bus” advocacy event

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Liberty Central School District staff and parents, as well as Liberty community members, are invited to attend “Who’s Driving the Bus?” a free advocacy event to be held on Tues., January 5, 2016 (snow date January 7).

Hosted by Fair Funding for Our Schools, this event will feature a presentation on the influence of private money on New York’s public education system today, and what can be done about it.

“Who’s Driving the Bus?”

WHAT: On Jan. 5, 2016, noted author of “Polishing the Apple: Examining Political Spending in New York to Influence Education Policy” and founding member of Common Cause, Susan Lerner, will present some startling facts about political spending in relation to education policy in New York State.

WHO: Susan Lerner, author and founding member of Common Cause, followed by a roundtable discussion with Tim Kremer, Executive Director, NYSSBA (New York State School Boards Association); Robert Lowry, Deputy Director for Advocacy, Research & Communications, NYSCOSS (New York State Council of School Superintendents); a representative from NYSUT (New York State United Teachers); and roundtable moderator Barry Lewis, Executive Editor, Times-Herald Record

WHEN: Tues., Jan. 5, 7 p.m. (Snow date: Thurs., Jan. 7)

WHERE: Monroe-Woodbury High School, 155 Dunderburg Road, Central Valley, NY

WHY: The recent wave of market-based educational interests has been financed by powerful national foundations and wealthy private investors who are major political contributors in New York. These “venture philanthropists” have been positioning themselves on several fronts: funding research institutions, reframing the national debate in the media, positioning sympathetic leaders into educational regulatory bodies, and lobbying policymakers to enact their desired educational policies.

This free event is open to all!

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