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Grassroots educators won a historic victory in the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) election, but their gains are now in jeopardy. Middle school teacher and education activist Diamonte Brown was declared the new union president on May 15, closely edging out the incumbent Marietta English, who was running for her ninth term. English, who said the […]

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Early Marriage Means No School For Armenia’s Yazidi Girls

April 30, 2019           |                                       

Twelve years’ education is mandatory in Armenia, but for young Yazidi girls, it continues to be a dream. Many of them are forced to get married at the age of 15 or 16, once they’re considered “tall enough.” Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/armenia-yazidi-girls-school/29912653.html

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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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Chaos, Anarchy, and Violence in the Charter School Sector

April 13, 2019           |                                       

Chaos, anarchy, and violence are inherent features of the free market.1 Instability, uncertainty, disequilibrium, unevenness, imbalance, volatility, turmoil, impulsiveness, alienation, greed, anxiety, jealousy, risk, irrational behavior, and “animal spirits” are fellow-travelers of advanced commodity production and exchange, especially in the final and highest stage of capitalism. The free market abhors security, predictability, certainty, stability, and […]

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Strikes Are the Only Way Out of Our Current Crisis

April 13, 2019           |                                       

Ocasio-Cortez Is Winning the Battle Against GOP Sexists A Progressive US Policy Must Extend Beyond Open Borders Trump’s New Proposal Cheats 8 Million Working People of Overtime Pay Insurance Industry Whistleblower Exposes Effort to Crush Medicare for All Strikes Are the Only Way Out of Our Current Crisis “Medicare-X” Wouldn’t Expand Access to Reproductive Health […]

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Racism is like sewage. Whether we’re currently engaging in a national dialogue about it or not, it’s still there. It runs under our streets, our buildings, our society. Millions of tons of shit. A few months ago, a national dialogue about race bubbled up to the surfice in all its stinking, rancid glory. That dialogue […]

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Corporate Media Literacy?

April 8, 2019           |                                       

At a time when media education is perhaps more vital than ever, Project Censored  associates Nolan Higdon and Ben Boyington make the case that corporations and  their allies are working to redefine “media literacy” in ways that promote their interests,  while screening out complete critical analyses of the influence of media in society.

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The shape of learning comes in all sizes, all forms. We know what not learning is — texting, emailing, You Tube videos, a world of Teletubbies, from birth to death. I know what education planners are not — hedge fund billionaires, charter school profiteers, down home religious bigotry and stupidity ignoramuses, the lady from McDonald’s […]

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Class Explains Millennials’ Stunted Economic Lives

March 27, 2019           |                                       

While pundits and politicians explain downward mobility among millennials in terms of the generation’s unrealistic expectations, indulgent spending, and antipathy toward adulthood, sociologist Victor Tan Chen explains that the Great Recession “stunted millennials’ economic lives at a critical age” and that class inequalities—not “lousy values”—best explain many millennials’ poor economic prospects. “Thanks in part to […]

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