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Pseudo-Socialist Bernie Sanders Finally Opposes Charter Schools

May 18, 2019           |                                       

After wavering and making confusing statements about charter schools three years ago when he was running for President, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for President again, finally came out and issued a broad education plan on May 18, 2019 which, among other things, opposes charter schools. Part two of Sanders’ ten-part “Thurgood Marshall […]

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Hundreds of thousands of students and educators took to the streets across Brazil in protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s draconian neoliberal attack on education. Mike Fox reports The post Bolsonaro’s Education Austerity Mobilizes Hundreds of Thousands Across Brazil appeared first on The Real News Network.

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Students protesting on the streets about climate change, demanding action here and now, and the responses they have provoked, have given a bracing shock to the education system, for so long stifled in the grip of neoliberalism. A grip that has reduced education to an exercise in management and technical practice, focused obsessively on performance […]

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NYU Hires Law Firm to Investigate Behavior of Steinhardt, a Prominent Donor

May 13, 2019           |                                       

NYU said on Monday that it had hired a prominent law firm to investigate whether the namesake of its school of education, Michael H. Steinhardt, had engaged in inappropriate conduct with students, faculty or staff. The review will be headed by Joan McPhee, a lawyer who last year helped lead an investigation of Lawrence G. […]

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Lowering Standards: Australian Universities, English Requirements and Student Cash Cows

May 8, 2019           |                                       

There are no protests on the streets and no effigies of university officials being burned by protesting students today. There are no protests outside the offices of the over-remunerated Vice Chancellors and their various hench persons. It is business and malpractice as usual after revelations by Australia’s national broadcaster that Australian universities have been adjusting […]

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Charter School Fatigue

May 3, 2019           |                                       

Charter schools have always attracted criticism due to the serious problems inherent to them, but it is no secret that in recent months charter schools have been taking it on the chin a little more than usual. This is not unexpected. More detailed reports, articles, and investigations are exposing with greater regularity the multi-faceted corruption […]

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Oregon teachers are preparing for a walkout on May 8 because schools have been chronically underfunded since the state’s Measure 5 passed in 1990, shifting the source of school funding from property taxes to the responsibility of the state. Since then, the state has financed schools at 21 to 38 percent below what its own […]

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“Progressive” 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Who Support Charter Schools

April 29, 2019           |                                       

More writers, commentators, and researchers are increasingly reminding the public that a large number of democrats at all levels of government have long supported and promoted privately-operated charter schools that annually siphon billions of public dollars from thousands of over-tested and vilified public schools. The oft-repeated myth that the privatization and destruction of public education […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Student Debt Plan: An Economic Boon for People of Color

April 27, 2019           |                                       

To Conjure the Future We Want, We Need a Revolution of the Heart A New Socialist Movement Must Oppose Both Capitalism and Imperialism Kansas Supreme Court Guarantees Right to Abortion Elizabeth Warren’s Student Debt Plan: An Economic Boon for People of Color Global Inequality Is 25% Higher Due to Climate Instability EPA Decides Not to […]

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<!– –> (photo via 401kcalculator.org) So far, many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are tapping into the same two groups for most of their fundraising — retirees and attorneys. The first quarter FEC deadline provides a look into which industries are supporting candidates in an increasingly crowded field. The industries of individual donors offer […]

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Ending Public Funds For Privately-Operated Charter Schools Versus Improving Persistently Deplorable Charter School Transparency and Accountability

April 24, 2019           |                                       

One of the ways that even those who skillfully expose and critique endless charter school problems still miss the mark and (un)wittingly support the destruction of public education through more school privatization schemes is by obsessing over how to improve disturbingly low levels of transparency and accountability in the charter school sector, instead of demanding […]

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Ending Public Funds For Privately-Operated Charter Schools Verses Improving Persistently Deplorable Charter School Transparency and Accountability

April 24, 2019           |                                       

One of the ways that even those who skillfully expose and critique endless charter school problems still miss the mark and (un)wittingly support the destruction of public education through more school privatization schemes is by obsessing over how to improve disturbingly low levels of transparency and accountability in the charter school sector, instead of demanding […]

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No More Charter Schools in New York State

April 19, 2019           |                                       

With a straight face, many millionaires, some media outlets, and Governor Andrew Cuomo are once again righteously demanding an increase in the number of privately-run but publicly-funded charter schools permitted in the State, specifically in New York City where these deregulated schools have run amuck. And again, instead of holding the neoliberal State accountable for […]

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Nurses in New York City are pushing back against hospital systems that put profits over patients and threaten their efforts to strike for safer staffing ratios. While nurses are fighting, physicians, so far, have remained on the sidelines of this struggle. The U.S. healthcare “system” is completely and utterly broken. According to the World Health […]

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Posted by Belle Chesler at 7:50am, April 18, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Who even remembers? After all, it happened in ancient times. November 9, 2016, to be exact, at newly elected president Donald Trump’s victory rally, when he so memorably said, “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, […]

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