Michelle Fine Wins NYSUT Labor Journalism Award

PSC member-activist Michelle Fine, has been honored by the PSC’s statewide affiliate, New York State United Teachers, for her Viewpoint piece “Reclaiming Public Institutions, Our Best Hope for a Vibrant Democracy.” She won first place in the category of Best Opinion Writing.

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. For three decades she has been writing on educational inequities, the prison industrial complex and the critical role of public schools in building and sustaining multiracial democratic communities. An expert witness in a number of key educational (in)justice lawsuits involving gender and race discrimination, as well as finance inequity and educational inadequacy, Fine has collaborated with the UFT, NJEA, PSC and the Mooney Institute on issues of charters and privatization of public education, high stakes testing and school closings.

Fine is the author of more than a dozen books, including Chartering School Reform: Reflections on Public High Schools in the Midst of Change (TC Press, 1994) and Charter Schools and the Corporate Makeover of Public Education (TC Press, 2012, with Mike Fabricant). A founding member of the Public Science Project at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Fine is deeply involved in the movement for radical community based research for social justice, social policy and social movements.

The awards were presented during an all-day conference held at NYSUT’s Albany headquarters on Saturday, June 9.