On November 6-7 2014, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will host its annual Human Rights Institute at Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). PHRGE Institutes convene scholars, practitioners and advocates to explore a pressing social issue from a human rights perspective. This year’s Institute will analyze and evaluate the combination of initiatives known as “public education reform” from a human rights perspective. It will do so with an eye toward identifying policies that will help promote and support the human right to education (alongside all other human rights) for all U.S. school children.
The 2014 Institute will focus on three themes: 1) The charter school movement and the broader trend toward the private provision of public education services; 2) The emergence of “no excuses/zero tolerance” discipline policies resulting in the exclusion of students from school, and; 3) The continued expansion of high-stakes testing as the principal means of motivating and measuring educational achievement in public schools, alongside related efforts to further standardize public school curricula.
For more information, see the PHRGE event page.