The Friend of the Year event honors outstanding individuals who contribute to the success of public education in Texas. This year we honor Diane Ravitch. Ravitch shares the hard message that every parent, teacher and community needs to support public schools, or else our society will fail all children. A public school graduate herself, this award winning educator’s depth of knowledge and experience shines through her passionate speeches. Ravitch has developed a powerful argument against the privatization of public schools, and she will take us step-by-step through the triumphs and failures American public school system. With her electrifying wisdom, Ravitch will leave you informed, motivated and ultimately inspired!