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Upcoming SCOTUS Ruling Could Starve Public Schools in Favor of Religious Ones 21.1.2020 Truthout.com
Detractors argue that the ruling could result in a mandate for religious voucher programs in every ...
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I Am a Teacher in Los Angeles and I Am Ready to Go on Strike 4.1.2019 Truthout.com
All 640,000 students in the Los Angeles public schools deserve to be treated like they matter.

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Neoliberalism Has Vandalized Latin America 26.11.2018 Truthout.com
The roots of the migrant crisis go back decades.

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The Arizona teacher walkouts are just a skirmish in the larger war on public education 26.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Teachers are walking out again, this time shutting down campuses in 90 or more school districts across Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey claims to be puzzled: He endorsed a plan to give teachers raises that would add up to a 20% pay increase over the next three years. Why would teachers walk out now?

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How to fix American democracy: Ideas that get beyond our day-to-day political upheaval 29.10.2017 Washington Post
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the election, 38 writers and artists propose solutions that could repair the underlying conditions bedeviling our system.
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Opponents of School Privatization Are Very Worried About a New Law in Illinois and Here's Why 28.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Chicago public schools began classes this month after securing much-needed money from the state. But the funding bill came with a provision that critics say could imperil public education in the state and serve as a frightening precedent for the rest of the country.  This "poison pill," as teachers unions call it, allows individuals and corporations to donate to private schools in lieu of paying taxes. Many opponents liken this to school voucher programs, which can be devastating to public schools.  The new program differs from a traditional voucher program. Rather than directly using public money for private-school tuition, it doles out tax credits for donations to private-school scholarship funds. But opponents of the program allege that its effect could be similar to that of vouchers, by causing students to leave public schools while reducing these schools' per-pupil funding base. As more students are incentivized to attend private schools through the newly created scholarships, public schools could ...
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Republicans Have Trifecta Control of 25 States and Need Six More to Call for a Constitutional Convention 29.6.2017 Truthout.com

Historian Nancy MacLean says much of the radical right's agenda is being pursued at the state level. Republicans already have "trifecta control" in 25 states -- control of the governor's seat and both chambers of their legislative bodies -- compared to six states for Democrats. "The ultimate Big Bang of this project is that they want to change our Constitution," Maclean says. "They are actually building towards a constitutional convention. So they have 28 states that have called for this constitutional convention. They need six more."

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Sri Lanka police break up protest against private university 17.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in Sri Lanka fired tear gas on Wednesday at thousands of students protesting against a private medical university they say could jeopardize the nation’s tradition of state-funded education. About 5,000 university students defied an official ban on the protest and marched through the capital of Colombo to a city […]
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Why Did Fascist Agitators at UC Davis Reenact the Violence of the "Pepper Spray Cop"? 24.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Following a student-led shutdown of fascist Milo Yiannopoulos' planned talk at the University of California, Davis, his fans displayed once again the white nationalist alt-right's latent sadism and strong identification with the police: They staged a mock reenactment of a 2011 pepper spraying of student protesters by campus police. In this photoshopped image that was circulated anonymously in 2011 as part of the "pepper spray cop" meme, Lt. Pike of the UC Davis Police is inserted into a 1936 photo of Adolf Hitler by photographer Heinrich Hoffman. On January 14, 2017, fascist agitators at UC Davis reenacted Pike's use of pepper spray against a mass of seated students, playing the roles of both Pike and the students. (Courtesy: Amanda Armstrong) "Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce." The above quote, from Marx's "The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon," has become ...
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Conservatives Plot Their Course on the Rising "Sea of Red" in State Capitals 10.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Shortly after the November election, with the nation's political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country. The American Legislative Exchange Council -- a nonprofit better known as ALEC -- briefed its members and allied groups on the bright future for its agenda now that Republicans will effectively control 68 of the nation's 99 state legislative bodies, as well as 33 governor's mansions. Among other things, group members said they would push bills to reduce corporate taxes, weaken unions, privatize schooling and influence the ideological debate on college campuses. "We can pretty much do whatever we want to right now," said Rep. Jim DeCesare, a Republican state legislator in Kentucky, where the party gained the state House for the first time in nearly a century. DeCesare, who had been minority whip, described plans for "a pretty intense agenda" ...
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NAACP members call for ban on privately managed charter schools 7.8.2016 Washington Post
NAACP members call for ban on privately managed charter schools
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Oaxaca's Teachers Movement Not Thwarted by State Terror 28.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Oaxacan teachers sport umbrellas to shield themselves from the afternoon sun as they march in protest of the education reforms. (WNV / Shirin Hess) On June 19, the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca was the scene of a senseless massacre. The bloody battle took place in the rural town of Nochixtlan and resulted in the death of at least nine civilians. "Right now, the federal police are withdrawing, going back to their vehicles,"  said  a witness of the attack as he filmed the horrific scene. Bullets are heard smashing against metal traffic barriers on the roadside as the camera image shakes. Taking heavy breaths he calmly continued, "And as they retreat, they are shooting at us with firearms." A week earlier, police crackdowns had begun in various regions of Oaxaca state. These acts of violence are occurring in light of current protests in Oaxaca, where -- since May 15 -- the teachers' movement has set up a peaceful plantón, or encampment, in the city center, and dozens of roadblocks across the state, ...
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To Leave the Future Open: On the False "Choices" of Election 2016 15.5.2016 Truthout.com
Something's hidden behind the curtain of the looming 2016 presidential election that the national leaders of both entrenched political parties don't want us to see. It's the future. Not just the near future, but the one that will ripple on into history. That's why I'm #notwithher when I cast my vote in November 2016. Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, May 11, 2016. (Photo: Richard Perry / The New York Times)   "To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives; it is the only way we can leave the future open."-- Lillian Smith, "The Journey" Something's hidden behind the curtain of the looming 2016 presidential election that the national leaders of both entrenched political parties don't want us to see. It's the future. Not just the near future, but the one that will ripple on into history, the one that will do so much to define the age in which we're living. It's the ideas and vision that will frame and shape and ...
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Sadistic Capitalism: Six Urgent Matters for Humanity in Global Crisis 12.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The current crisis of global capitalism shares aspects of earlier structural crises of world capitalism, but there are six novel, interrelated dimensions to the present moment that show how countries and peoples around the world are experiencing a descent into chaos and uncertainty. How we interpret the global crisis is itself a matter of vital importance as politics polarize worldwide between a neofascist and a popular response. Peaceful protesters join in a general strike in Oakland, California, November, 2011. "The systemic critique of global capitalism must strive to influence, from this vantage point, the discourse and practice of movements for a more just distribution of wealth and power," writes William I. Robinson. "Our survival may depend on it." (Photo: Rainforest Action Network / Flickr ) In these mean streets of globalized capitalism in crisis, it has become profitable to turn poverty and inequality into a tourist attraction. The South African Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa company has made a ...
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Is Douglas County's new voucher program in deeper trouble than before? 20.3.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
The Douglas County School Board's decision last week to seek a middle ground on a contentious voucher initiative — by excluding religious schools in its revamped program — could land the district in even hotter legal water than it is already facing.
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Cashing in on Kids: 172 ALEC Education Bills Push Privatization in 2015 9.3.2016 Truthout.com
ALEC's agenda would transform public education from a public and accountable institution that serves the public into one that serves private, for-profit interests. (Photo: School Money via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) Despite widespread public opposition to the corporate-driven education privatization agenda, at least 172 measures reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bills were introduced in 42 states in 2015, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org and PRWatch.org. (A PDF version of this report may be downloaded here .) One of ALEC's biggest funders is Koch Industries and the Koch brothers' fortune. The Kochs have had a seat at the table - where the private sector votes as equals with legislators - on ALEC's education task force via their "grassroots" group Americans for Prosperity and their Freedom Partners group, which was described as the Kochs' "secret bank." The Kochs also have a voice on ALEC's Education Task Force ...
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Henry Giroux on State Terrorism and the Ideological Weapons of Neoliberalism 28.2.2016 Truthout.com
Public intellectual Henry Giroux discusses his new book, America's Addiction to Terrorism, and the terror that "is now such a central part of the political nervous system in the United States that it's become the major organizing principle of society." Henry A. Giroux. (Photo: Don Usner) Robert McChesney says, "Henry Giroux has outdone himself with America's Addiction to Terror.... Giroux chronicles the death spiral of contemporary US capitalist society, and why young people are on the verge of a revolt the likes of which has not been seen for generations. We are very fortunate to have this book." Order your copy with a donation to Truthout today! Henry A. Giroux - the founder-animator of Truthout's Public Intellectual Project , a member of Truthout's board of directors and a frequent contributor - currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Chair in Critical Pedagogy at the McMaster Institute for ...
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Teachers' Resistance in Oaxaca Offers Lessons for US Activism 15.10.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In Oaxaca, Mexico, teachers protesting federal educations "reforms" have gone on strike, seized buildings and closed highways. But most US media have ignored the mass mobilizations organized by the Oaxaca teachers' unions. They could serve as a model for activism in the US. Photo caption tweak: A banner in Mexico City, in January 2007, refers to events in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the teachers' strike over federal education "reforms." (Photo: Quite Peculiar ) As Congress deliberates the revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as "No Child Left Behind" and widely referred to by frustrated teachers and parents as "No Child Left Untested," Education Secretary Arne Duncan has announced he will step down in December 2015. According to The Washington Post , during his six-year tenure, Duncan is reported to have largely bypassed Congress to "cajole and pressure states to enact policies, such as teacher evaluations and higher academic standards, that angered both teachers unions on the ...
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Facing the Complexities of the Charter School Debate 20.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The battle with charter school expansions is further revving up in LA, as a group of private foundations explore plans to expand the number of charters within the LA Unified School District. The LA teachers union, UTLA, has vowed to fight the private foundations behind this effort. UTLA has also begun its support of the unionization of teachers in charter schools. (Photo: Students In Class via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! The battle with charter school expansions is further revving up in Los Angeles, as a group of private foundations explore plans to expand the number of charter schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, has vowed to fight the private foundations behind this effort, including the Broad, Keck and Walton Family foundations that have over the years been central to supporting the corporatization of large charter ...
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ALEC Admits School Vouchers Are for Kids in Suburbia 23.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Suburbs via Shutterstock) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now - whatever you can spare will be matched dollar-for-dollar! School vouchers were never about helping poor, at-risk or minority students. But selling them as social mobility tickets was a useful fiction that for some twenty-five years helped rightwing ideologues and corporate backers gain bipartisan support for an ideological scheme designed to privatize public schools. But the times they are a-changin'. Wisconsin is well on its way towards limitless voucher schools, and last month, Nevada signed into law a universal "education savings account" allowing parents to send their kids to private or religious schools, or even to homeschool them - all on the taxpayers' dime. On the federal level, a proposed amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would have created a multi-billion-dollar-a-year voucher program was only narrowly defeated ...
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