SSSP 2019 Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, August 10

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:10 PM

Session 085: Teachers on the Rise: How Educators Mobilized their Communities
Room: Grand Ballroom

Sponsors: Educational Problems
Labor Studies
Sociology and Social Welfare
Sport, Leisure, and the Body
Teaching Social Problems
Youth, Aging, and the Life Course

Organizers: John O'Connor, Central Connecticut State University
A. Fiona Pearson, Central Connecticut State University

Moderator: Eric Blanc, New York University

Description:  Teachers across the nation have been standing up to governors, school boards, and union leaders, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. In the past year, these teacher/local struggles have focused on better learning conditions for students, including capping the expansion of charter schools within communities. We have invited teacher activists who participated in these strikes to join in a panel discussion regarding the lessons of these state-level attacks and the prospects for future mobilizations. The panel discussion will be moderated by Eric Blanc, a former public school teacher, journalist, and NYU graduate student in sociology, as well as the author of recently published Red State Revolt (Verso).