• 6 presidential hopefuls attending education forum in Pittsburgh

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    PITTSBURGH - Some of the top Democratic hopefuls running for president will be in Pittsburgh later this month for an education forum.

    The Public Education Forum 2020: Equity and Justice for All is set to take place on Dec. 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown.

    Currently, six major Democratic candidates who qualified for the October debate or who are currently elected to statewide office have confirmed participation: Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. 

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    It will be moderated by Ali Velshi, host of “MSNBC Live,” and Rehema Ellis, NBC News education correspondent, and live streamed on MSNBC.com and NBC News Now.

    Each candidate will provide opening remarks and then answer questions from Velshi and Ellis, forum attendees and others from across the country who submitted questions.

    The event is being sponsored by 11 different public education groups:

    • Alliance for Educational Justice 
    • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    • American Federation of Teachers 
    • Center for Popular Democracy Action 
    • Journey for Justice Alliance
    • NAACP
    • National Education Association
    • Network for Public Education Action
    • Schott Foundation for Public Education—Opportunity to Learn Action Fund
    • Service Employees International Union
    • Voto Latino

    The American Federation of Teachers said this forum is the culmination of 10 candidate town halls and other events. 

    This event is open by invitation only. 


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