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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...

Epic Fail Of Charter Schools In Louisiana

Epic Fail Of Charter Schools In Louisiana

When Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, said Hurricane Katrina was the “best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans,” he was no doubt referring in part to how the storm and its aftermath led to the spread of...

Sen. Warren Just Stepped Up On Free College For All

Sen. Warren Just Stepped Up On Free College For All

Senator Elizabeth Warren just stepped up to support Free College For All. And it’s not just a pose. How do I know? Because I got to ask her myself – twice. I’m a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, studying sociology and studio art. Moving to the Granite...

Grad Students Stand With Steelworkers

Grad Students Stand With Steelworkers

“Steelworker” generally evokes images of hulking mill buildings, steel-toed boots, and molten metal – not ivory towers, doctoral dissertations, and university research. But 2,000 graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh are voting this week on whether to...

Hard Knocks Turned Alison McIntosh Collectivist

Hard Knocks Turned Alison McIntosh Collectivist

Alison McIntosh learned early that life is a little easier with help from friends. Her first professional job reinforced that notion. And now, as a University of Pittsburgh graduate student, she is asking her co-workers to embrace collectivism....

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