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Resisting Debt, Funding Justice

August 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

What can we do to resist the growing student, teacher, and school debt? How does an economy increasingly reliant on debt shape our schools? What can educators do to teach about debt and inequality?

Join Rethinking Schools and Debt Collective for a webinar to launch the special summer issue of Rethinking Schools about resisting debt and funding justice. Hear from the authors of several articles in the issue. This discussion will examine the shaky foundations of U.S. school funding and the growing monster of school debt on top of it, the impact of teacher debt, activism to abolish student lunch debt, and how to — and how not to — teach about the debt economy.


Freda Anderson is a loving partner and parent. Freda has been teaching history and activism at public high schools for the last seven years.

Richelle Brooks is a momma, an educator, organizer with Debt Collective and the founder of ReThink It – an organization dedicated to providing resources to mitigate the harm of systemic racism.

Stan Karp is a Rethinking Schools editor and a policy advocate for New Jersey’s Education Law Center.

Elizabeth Lester-Abdalla is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition.

Nick Marcil is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition and an Organizer and Branch Leader with Debt Collective and the Pennsylvania Branch.

Hyung Nam is a social studies teacher at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School in Portland, Oregon.

Eleni Schirmer is a writer, educator, and organizer, living in Montréal. She works as a postdoc at Concordia University’s Social Justice Center.

The panel is co-moderated by Cierra Kaler-Jones, Adam Sanchez, and Jason Thomas Wozniak.

Cierra Kaler-Jones is the Executive Director of Rethinking Schools.

Adam Sanchez is the Interim Managing Editor of Rethinking Schools.

Jason Thomas Wozniak is an assistant professor in the Educational Foundations and Policy Studies Department at West Chester University, Pennsylvania. He is Political Education Organizer with Debt Collective and Pennsylvania Debt Collective Branch Leader.

Participants will need access to Zoom. Register for the Zoom link and get a discount code for Rethinking Schools magazine.


ASL Interpretation will be available

The event is free. To make events like this available to more educators and activists, we would greatly appreciate your solidarity donation.


August 7, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT