Rethinking Education Reform:
A Human Rights Perspective
November 6 - 7, 2014
On November 6-7, 2014, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) hosted its annual Human Rights Institute at Northeastern University School of Law.
PHRGE Institutes convene scholars, practitioners and advocates to explore a pressing social issue from a human rights perspective. The 2014 Institute analyzed and evaluated the combination of initiatives known as “public education reform” from a human rights perspective. It did so with an eye toward identifying policies to help promote and support the human right to education (alongside all other human rights) for all U.S. school children.
The Institute featured a keynote address by Julian Vazquez Heilig, Ph.D., professor and education activist. Heilig (pictured right) is the author of Cloaking Inequity, a blog which is consistently ranked one of Top 50 education blogs in the world by Teach100
- Liz Sullivan, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), Dignity in Schools Campaign
- Maria Hantzopoulos, Vassar College
- Sylvain Aubry, The Privatization of Education Research Initiative (PERI)
- Susan Maze-Rothstein, Northeastern University School of Law
- Leigh Dingerson, Author, Annenberg Institute study on charter school accountability
- Gina Womack, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
- Martha Davis, The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern University School of Law
- Kathleen Boundy, Center for Law and Education (CLE)
- Monty Neill, Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
The 2014 Institute focused on three themes:
- The charter school movement and the broader trend toward the private provision of public education services
- The emergence of “no excuses/zero tolerance” discipline policies resulting in the exclusion of students from school
- The continued expansion of high-stakes testing as the principal means of motivating and measuring educational achievement in public schools, alongside related efforts to further standardize public school curricula.