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Thursday, March 21 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Defending Public Schools in Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane María

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Public schools have been under attack in Puerto Rico. In September 2017, Hurricane María hit the island causing major devastation. In response, the government moved to close over 300 schools and privatize them. Parents, together with the Teachers Federation, fought back to save the schools. Listen to the story of communities joining forces to defend public education on the island.

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Mercedes Martínez

President, Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico
Mercedes Martínez, mother of 3, has been the President of the Teachers Federation from Puerto Rico since 2015. She is an ESL teacher, graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, who has been in the union as an active member since 2005. In 2008 she participated with thousands of... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Hyatt Regency Long Beach - Regency A