Late Night: ‘You’re Not Supposed to Support the Strike’

By: Monday September 17, 2012 8:00 pm

I realize not everything has to be about complete selflessness, so let’s make the argument from self-interest here. If my neighbors are poor and desperate and uneducated, I’m not safe, because poor and desperate and uneducated people do stupid shit and eventually that stupid shit lands on my doorstep.


Chicago Teacher on Why He’s Striking Against Rahm Emanuel’s Pro-Business Education Agenda

By: Monday September 10, 2012 6:46 pm

I ask anyone who does remotely care about the kids we teach and learn from and triumph and cheer and cry and grow with, to stand with us and fight for a better future for our kids.

See you on the picket line, my friend.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 4:32 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Occupy LAUSD: Teachers Are Fed Up and Ready to Camp

By: Tuesday October 18, 2011 4:01 pm

Los Angeles educators, parents and students are united to Occupy LAUSD to protest and highlight the state of Los Angeles schools, the second largest school district in the United States. Despite a $55 million surplus, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Directors have laid off 1,200 teachers, plus hundreds of custodial and clerical staff, school nurses, psychologists, and librarians.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday September 24, 2011 5:00 am

Do you have a fond memory of something a teacher did for you? I will never find a better teacher than my first grade one, Ms. Scott, who reassured me in a clannish atmosphere that I was new to. Yes, I may have had more gifted or harder working or more impressive ones. But the nice way she tried to help me wedge into an already bonded society is among my best memories of teachers.

Thousands of Monuments to War, but Few to Peace

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 9:04 am

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, my thoughts turn to peace. It’s hard to keep them there, though, because of the chorus of voices that scream for violence and war.

I grieve for those who died ten years ago in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania, as well as all who have died — and continue to die — in the wars spawned out of that attack. I long for the day when military fly-overs at football games become a thing of the past, and our cities have more statues to teachers than generals.

But the cheers for executions, and the willingness to spend billions of dollars on weapons to dole out death but mere pennies on social services that preserve life in one way or another for the most needy among us tell me that the day I long for is quite a ways off.

Ten Years On, Sick Ground Zero Workers Still Without Proper Care

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 7:52 am

This weekend, the public will mourn a site of loss, recasting the painful memories and haunting fears that still hover over the aftermath at Ground Zero. But the people who worked and breathed that tragedy in the days and months following September 11 won’t be at the primary commemoration ceremony for the families of victims. The Mayor’s decision to limit the attendees by excluding the 9/11 first responders is an unnerving metaphor for an unhealed scar of 9/11. Many of the rescue and recovery workers who labored at Ground Zero have been plagued by a metastasizing medical crisis, aggravated by chronic political failure.

Zero Job Growth Is No Surprise to Parents

By: Friday September 2, 2011 4:14 pm

The Markets and the Financial Media were stunned by the August Jobs report, which said there were no net jobs created in August. Whatever gains there have been in certain sectors of private industry, every parent in the country with school-age kids can tell you how a sizable chunk of those gains were erased.

Cuts to school budgets.

Serious business leaders know that poor schools today means less qualified workers tomorrow. Local chambers of commerce get it, but if you expect the US Chamber of Commerce to come out in favor of more actual spending for school districts . . . well, I’ve got an abandoned school building to sell you.

Dear Mr. President: Why Should Vets Get Job Subsidies, But Not Laid Off Teachers?

By: Friday August 5, 2011 12:30 pm

Let us consider who else might be looking for jobs today. Today’s jobs report, the President reminded us, showed the private sector added over 150,000 new jobs, but that was offset by state and local governments laying off another 30,000 government employees. Those public sector layoffs have been occurring for months, and it looks like that layoff average will continue for another year or two.

What Mitch Daniels is Doing in Indiana is Far More Radical than Scott Walker’s Union Busting in Wisconsin

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 11:50 am

It’s important to remember that Republican governors like Scott Walker (R-WI) aren’t just targeting unions when they go after teachers — they’re targeting public schools. Why? Because conservatives hate them.

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