Late Night: The Untouchables

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 8:00 pm

In American life, there is a large and growing number of institutions that act with utter impunity, are coddled by a fawning media, and no one, certainly not our supine elected officials, can dislodge them from their lofty perch, from which they shit on us all like cackling birds aiming at a just-washed car.

 

Suckerberg: Facebook’s $100 Million Education Donation Chiseled By Consultants

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 2:20 pm

In fact, between 2010 and 2012 over $20 million of Facebook’s gift and matching funds was sucked into Team Booker’s corrupt vortex. Instead of going to help the children of Newark the money went to the juiced in hacks and crass business interests that have been trying to bulldoze public education throughout America.

A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California’s Schools

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 6:00 pm

An election campaign now being fought almost completely out of public view could radically alter the way California’s school children are taught. If Marshall Tuck unseats incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the state’s public education system could become a laboratory for a movement that prizes privatization and places a high value on student test scores over traditional instruction. The contrasts between the two top contenders in the nonpartisan race could not be more dramatic – nor could the stakes for the country’s largest education system.

Teachers Seek to ‘Reclaim’ Education

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 6:40 pm

After years of being backed into a corner, on Monday public-school teachers stood up in defiance against what they see as their chief bully—budget-slashing school reforms that have made school more stressful and less fulfilling for both them and their students.

Under the banner of a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education, educators, students and community groups coordinated demonstrations, rallies and other public gatherings in dozens of cities. In the long run, the day of action kicked off a broader campaign by a coalition of unions and community groups to chart an alternative path to education reform.

Ending Academic Apartheid: Equity and Dignity for Adjunct Professors

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 4:45 pm

In choosing the academic life, most teachers expect to be part of a community committed to freedom, fairness, and justice. It’s the rare academic who does not take pride in belonging to an honorable profession.

Virtual Schools: Cyber Pie in the Sky?

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 6:30 pm

Nearly everyone who has studied virtual education agrees on two points. Virtual education, in some format, is likely to expand in the years ahead. And as it does, there is a crucial need for better research, accountability and transparency.

Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 5:20 pm

As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expensive educations pay off. Now, new technologies are emerging as a potential solution for the college affordability crisis, according to some educational administrators and officials. The growing public fascination with “Massive Open Online Courses,” or MOOCs, suggests that in the near future, a public university degree may become cheaper and more accessible, with a greater economic “return on investments” for the government. Yet some education advocates are wary of the MOOC phenomenon and urge the government to focus on brick-and-mortar educational investments before seeking a magic bullet .

Chicago Teachers Union Files Lawsuit to Stop School Closings

By: Friday May 31, 2013 9:27 am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to privatize education in Chicago is running into considerable opposition. The Chicago Teachers Union, joining up with concerned parents, has filed a lawsuit to halt the school closings the privatizer heavy Board of Education ordered. The lawsuit alleges Chicago Public Schools are not following their own guidelines for school closings.

Political Centrism Is a Hoax

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 4:36 pm

The debate over who will make a better president, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, is empty, boring and almost entirely pro forma. It’s not just the media’s obsession with the frivolous details of political theater that’s to blame. It’s also the fact that in American politics today, there remains almost nothing of substance to opine about when it comes to the choice between the two major parties’ respective candidates.

At Rally, Chicago Teachers Union President Invites City Hall to Turn Off Air-Conditioning

By: Sunday September 16, 2012 7:40 am

At the end of the rally, Karen Lewis, president of CTU, delivered a speech. She said she was tired and frustrated. She explained the negotiations had produced a framework for an agreement but no agreement, which means the strike is not over. If you read the news reports on the rally, this is what Lewis said.

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