Defending Public Education and a Diverse Democracy

Date(s) - Friday, April 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Betsy Connolly, DVM, Past CVUSD School Board Member

Lauren Gill, CVUSD School Board President

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, Author, Illustrator, Public Speaker

John Rogers, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Director of

UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

From book banning to curriculum white-washing, educators across the U.S. are being newly censored.  Since 2021, more than 2/3 of states have introduced bills limiting what can be taught about race and diversity.[1]  “These attacks are undermining the role public schools play in educating for our democracy,” says John Rogers, Director of UCLA IDEA.[2]  Come hear Dr. Rogers talk about the national impact of censoring education, our school board representatives speak about the local effects, and children’s author Nelson-Schmidt share her first-hand account.  Together they’ll address what can be done.

Please register for the forum in advance here:

[1] “From slavery to socialism, new legislation restricts what teachers can discuss” NPR, Fresh Air, 2/3/2022

[2] “The Culture War’s Impact on Public Schools” Tim Walker, NEA News, 2/17/2023

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