Derrick Johnson to Keynote at Conference
We are thrilled to announce that Derrick Johnson, the President of the NAACP, will join our outstanding lineup of keynote speakers at the 5th Annual NPE Action/ NPE Conference in Indianapolis this October. Derrick Johnson has served as President and CEO of the NAACP since October of 2017. Prior to being elected President, Mr. Johnson served as the vice chairman of its Board of Directors as well as the state president for the Mississippi NAACP. Mr. Johnson, an attorney, has dedicated his life to defending the rights of the people of Mississippi. As State President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for both voting rights and equitable education.
After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Johnson founded One Voice Inc., a non-profit, civic engagement organization that develops leadership at the community level to give voice to marginalized and vulnerable communities across the South. One Voice hosts an annual Black Leadership Summit as well as a nine-month training program for community leaders in Mississippi each year.
Mr. Johnson joins a superstar lineup that includes Diane Ravitch, Jesse Hagopian, Pasi Sahlberg and Helen Gym. Tickets are going quickly. Buy yours today here and then register for a discounted hotel room. Finally, let your friends know that you will be at #NPEINDY by using the our Facebook frame that you can add to your profile picture. Simply click here to add our frame.
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Does Your State Make the Grade?
Thursday, June 28th at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT
The public school is the cornerstone of community empowerment and advancement in American society. However, there are some who advocate for handing these public institutions and dollars over to private interests — despite overwhelming data showing such strategies simply don’t live up to their promises and run counter to core educational values of equity and opportunity.
In the midst of a continuous push for privatization from Washington, DC and many state capitals, it’s more important than ever to ask, “When it comes to supporting public schools, does my state make the grade?”
A soon-to-be-released report by the Network for Public Education and the Schott Foundation, Grading the States: A Report Card on Our Nation’s Commitment to Public Schools, evaluates to what extent the 50 states and the District of Columbia support public schools, or instead funnel public money elsewhere through charter and voucher programs. It is also the first in-depth nonpartisan report card to include state-by-state measurements of whether states with charter and voucher schools protect student civil rights and guard taxpayers from fraud and misuse of public funds.
Our webinar speakers will include:
John H. Jackson, President, the Schott Foundation for Public Education (moderator)
Carol Burris, Executive Director, the Network for Public Education
Tanya Clay House, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education, U.S. Department of Education
Come with questions, insights, and calls to action during our Q&A session at the end!
Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GrassrootsEd.