International and national experts to expose corporate involvement in public education at national forum

July 05, 2017

OTTAWA – Teacher leaders from across Canada and around the world will be in Ottawa to discuss their collective concerns about privatization and commercialization in and of public education. Students before Profits is the theme of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF)’s Canadian Forum on Public Education (July 10-11) and Annual General Meeting (July 12-14). Both events will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on Kent Street.

“Privatization and commercialization in public education are a major concern nationally and globally,” explains CTF President Heather Smith citing examples such as public-private partnerships (P3s); student information systems; online learning; contracting out of education services and corporate influence on educational decision-making.

“Forum speakers will describe how the intrusion of edu-businesses is creating inequalities in terms of access to public education, lowering the standards and conditions of teaching and learning, and using private student data for profit.”

Forum speakers include:

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Heather Smith, CTF President

Media contact:

Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, Office: 613-688-4314, or cell: 613-899-4247
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