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With the rise in COVID cases across the state, including Linn and Polk Counties, we are committed to being consistent—even if the decision is difficult—and putting the health and safety of our communities first. As a result, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa has moved Intersections (partnered with Crossroads) to virtual presentations for the foreseeable future. Thank you for understanding and please stay safe and well.

Debunking The "Sinister Agenda"
Individual photos of Mike Beranek and Mary Jane Cobb, Iowa State Education Association
Friday, FEBRUARY 4
12:00 pm
virtual event

President, Iowa State Education Association

Mary Jane Cobb
Executive Director, Iowa State Education Association

We can all name them. The "sinister agenda" items being pushed by a small but vocal group of privatization zealots determined to undermine our public schools.

- Wild and offensive accusations about teachers, librarians, and all public school personnel.
- Consistent underfunding.
- Public funds diverted to private choices.
- Professional educators restricted on what and how they can teach.

What is the impact of the rhetoric and legislation on our public schools and the system that educates 92% of all Iowa school children? How are the attacks by lawmakers and others impacting our public school teachers and educators? What long-term harm to public education will be the result? Join us for Intersections/Crossroads as we discuss the real agenda of public schools, teachers, and educators as well as the longtime efforts of the radical right to privatize education.

After registering and prior to the event, you will receive an email containing information about joining the meeting.

Or, watch on Facebook at Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS: Mike Beranek, a third grade teacher on release from Western Hills Elementary School in West Des Moines, was elected president of the Iowa State Education Association in April 2018 by member delegates who attended the annual Delegate Assembly and reelected for a second term in 2021. He served as vice president of the ISEA from 2012-2015. A 30-year veteran teacher, Mike has also served as the ISEA’s representative on the NEA Board of Directors 2009 to 2012 and has been active in the association as a member of the ISEA Executive Board. He is a member of the Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation, Iowa Department of Education State Assessment Committee, Iowa Department Teacher of the Year selection committee and serves on the Comprehensive Center Network Region 9 Board. Mike was the proud recipient of the Disney American Teacher Award for 2001, being cited for his innovative classroom projects and activities.

Mary Jane Cobb has devoted her career to advocating for others. As the director of cooperative education at Douglas MacArthur State Technical College she worked with students to find appropriate work-study placements to help launch their careers. She also taught job search skills and was active in the Alabama College and Co-op and Placement Association. For over 25 years Mary Jane has been working for educators as an association staff member. She worked as a UniServ director with the Alabama Education Association in both rural and urban school settings. She then joined the staff of the National Education Association where she worked as an organization specialist in the government relations arena. Mary Jane assumed the role of executive director of the ISEA in 2008.

Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. Crossroads gathers monthly in Des Moines.