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Mayor Pete, Get Big Money Out Of Your Campaign

Mayor Pete, Get Big Money Out Of Your Campaign

What will it take to get big money out of politics? As a voter and a student, that’s what I want to know from any candidate who wants my vote, so I asked Mayor Pete Buttigieg this when he visited our campus – Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa – this weekend....

Striking Teachers Are Fighting For Much More Than Paychecks

Striking Teachers Are Fighting For Much More Than Paychecks

While national news outlets hail the conclusion of a historic teacher strike in Chicago, another important story often overlooked by national reporters is the ongoing struggle to defend public education in the months that follow successful strikes. In Oakland,...

Wait, It Gets Worse: Eli Broad’s School Corruption Legacy

Wait, It Gets Worse: Eli Broad’s School Corruption Legacy

Photo credit: arcticpenguin / flickr / cc Billionaire charter-school boosters like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Eli Broad and have turned school leadership into a cartel system focused on advancing careers and enriching businesses. One can see, in the track...

How Charter-School Billionaires Corrupt School Leadership

How Charter-School Billionaires Corrupt School Leadership

Westport High School, one of 26 Kansas City schools closed by John Covington It’s rare when goings-on in Kansas City, Missouri schools make national headlines, but in 2011 the New York Times reported on the sudden departure of the district’s superintendent John...

How Private Search Firms Skim Millions From Public Schools

How Private Search Firms Skim Millions From Public Schools

  Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Photo credit: City Club of Chicago / cc In July 2013, the education world was rocked when a breaking story by Chicago independent journalist Sarah Karp reported that district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett had pushed...

College For All Means Dignity For All

College For All Means Dignity For All

My name is Chris Simmons, and I want to tell you why we need - I need - Free College For All now. I grew up in Newton, Iowa, a small city east of Des Moines. For a hundred years, Newton was the “washing machine capital of the world.” It was home to the Maytag...

How Teachers Helped Oust Puerto Rico’s Governor

How Teachers Helped Oust Puerto Rico’s Governor

As Americans lament the current sorry state of democracy in Washington, D.C., government by the will of the people was very much alive recently in Puerto Rico, where a prolonged general strike that virtually shut down the island forced Governor Ricardo Rosselló...

Many Public Schools Have Nowhere To Go But Up

Many Public Schools Have Nowhere To Go But Up

Former Vice President and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden recently caught a lot of flak for saying if President Trump were to be booted out of office, politics would go back to being sane again. He then suggested that his history of being “civil” with avowed...

Pennsylvania Charter Schools Are A Dumpster Fire

Pennsylvania Charter Schools Are A Dumpster Fire

Charter schools have finally broken into the national political dialogue, with presidential candidates in the Democratic Party proclaiming their stances on these schools. But a national debate about charters and “school choice” will be an exercise in empty rhetoric...

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