UW Bothell’s Au to Participate in a Forum on Public Education in America with Special Guest, Diane Ravitch


Friday, September 24, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – University of Washington Bothell Assistant Professor, Wayne Au, will be part of a forum on public education in America titled Kids are more than a test score.

The forum’s special guest is Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education. During the event, she will discuss her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, and talk about her latest switch in views regarding charters, choice, and high-stakes testing.

In addition to her keynote speech, there will also be an opportunity for a panel of educators, including Au, to participate in an honest discussion about America’s school system.

Currently Au teaches in the education program, focusing his courses on social studies education. Of the forum, Au says, “I'm excited to be a part of a panel that defends teachers and public education against the anti-democratic reforms that are being implemented in Seattle Public Schools and that are sweeping the country today.”
Other panelists include:


  • James Bible, President of the Seattle Chapter of the NAACP
  • Jesse Hagopian, teacher and a founding member of the progressive union caucus Social Equality Educators (SEE)
  • Dora Taylor and Sue Peters, Seattle Public School Parents, Education Activists and Co-Editors of Seattle Education 2010

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rigott Auditorium at Seattle University.

This unique opportunity is presented by Seattle Education 2010 and Social Equality Educators (SEE) in conjunction with Seattle University’s Matteo Ricci College and the College of Education. 

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.