League of Women Voters to discuss the importance of public schools

Mar. 6—LEWISBURG — The League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area, as part of its forum series, will host Bucknell University professor Abe Feuerstein to discuss the importance of public schools in democracy.

Professor Feuerstein will give a talk titled "On the Imperiled Nature of Public Education" at noon March 19 at La Primavera Restaurant, 2593 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg. The meeting is open to members and the general public. All are welcome.

Feuerstein will discuss the historical rationale for public education in the U.S. and the growing popularity of public-school alternatives such as charter schools, vouchers, and homeschooling, that fundamentally redefine public education as a private good.

Feuerstein writes, "While much is problematic about our public education system, we must remember that our democracy cannot be taken for granted and that our public schools remain our best vehicle for preparing the next generation to engage productively in pursuit of the common good."

Feuerstein joined the Bucknell faculty in 1996 and is currently education department chair. He teaches courses on educational policy and social foundations of education and supervises student teachers. His scholarship focuses on charter schools, media framing of school reform, and the influence of neoliberalism on school policy.

League members and the general public are invited to attend the presentation and enjoy an optional lunch before the meeting. The optional $15.50 buffet lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin at noon.

Reservations are requested. Send an email to attend and eat the buffet to LWVLAForum@gmail.com before March 18.

The meeting will be recorded and promptly posted after the event on the League's website.

— JUSTIN STRAWSER