12/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 17:06
PITTSBURGH-A group of 11 public education groups, including education unions, civil rights organizations and community groups, today announced they will host top Democratic presidential candidates at the 'Public Education Forum 2020: Equity and Justice for All' on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. MSNBC will moderate and exclusively livestream the forum focused on public education issues.
Ali Velshi, host of 'MSNBC Live,' and Rehema Ellis, NBC News education correspondent, will serve as the forum's moderators, together interviewing candidates on priority issues facing students, educators and parents in public education today. The event will be streamed live on NBC News Now, MSNBC.com and NBC News Learn, and will be featured across MSNBC programming.
Currently, six major Democratic candidates who qualified for the October debate or who are currently elected to statewide office have confirmed participation: Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Topics to be discussed will include school investment, student services, special education, student debt and teaching conditions, as well as key education equity and justice issues facing America's students and public schools.
The forum will welcome more than 1,000 educators, students, parents and community members to a discussion with the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates about their plans for K-12 and higher education. Each candidate will provide opening remarks and then answer questions from Velshi and Ellis, forum attendees and others from across the country who submitted questions.
This event is open to organizational sponsors by invitation only. Press must RSVP here(link is external)-please see below for additional information on press coverage.
WHO: Alliance for Educational Justice
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
Center for Popular Democracy Action
Journey for Justice Alliance
National Education Association
Network for Public Education Action
Schott Foundation for Public Education-Opportunity to Learn Action Fund
Service Employees International Union
WHAT: Public Education Forum 2020: Equity and Justice for All
WHEN: Dec. 14, 10 a.m.
WHERE: David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222