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Shifting D.C. school boundaries promises real change 13.9.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
With education set to be a pivotal issue in the D.C. mayor’s race, both of the leading candidates have rejected a plan to redraw school boundaries and feeder patterns . They argue that changing boundaries before improving school quality will drive middle-class families out of the system. But it may be that the best way to improve quality and retain middle-class families is to reassign students first ...
Economics Daily Digest: Students shouldn't go hungry on college campuses 12.9.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. How One Student is Fighting the College Hunger Crisis ( MSNBC ) Ned Resnikoff profiles Yvonne Montoya, President of the Santa Monica College chapter of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, and her work to get food stamps accepted on campus. A Tour of the Roosevelt Family's New York ( WSJ ) Sophia Hollander speaks with Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow David Woolner about the Roosevelt legacy in New York through fourteen sites across the state, in light of the upcoming Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts. Measuring the Impact of States’ Obamacare Decisions ( WaPo ) Jason Millman looks at a new study on how costs varied for people buying insurance based on their states' approach to the Affordable Care Act. States with successful exchanges had the lowest costs. Why Co-ops Are the Future of the American Economy ( AJAM ) Worker-owned businesses ...
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Economics Daily Digest: Funding universal preschool means taking banks to task 11.9.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Bright Future Chicago Pushes for Universal Preschool ( Chicago Tonight ) Roosevelt Institute Fellow Saqib Bhatti explains one way that universal preschool could be funded: Chicago could pursue legal claims against banks for bad interest rate swap deals. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Requiring Employers to Give Paid Sick Leave ( The Sacramento Bee ) California is the second state to enact state-wide paid sick leave, but David Siders reports that labor groups aren't in full support of the new law because it excludes home health care workers. Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility ( CAP ) Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti explain how asset limits on social safety net programs prevent low-income families from building necessary economic stability, and lay out a plan for reform. The Federal Reserve's Too Cozy Relations With Banks ( WSJ ...
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How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Bill Gates and Other Billionaires Are Undermining the US 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Playing God 11.9.2014 Le Monde Diplomatique
George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country's anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt's appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, “The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.” To (...) - Open page
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Playing God: The Rebirth of Family Capitalism or How the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and Other Billionaires Are Undermining the US 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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As Swedish elections loom, cracks start to show in 'Nordic model' 11.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
After a fling with the right, Swedes likely to renew their vows with the left on Sunday amid anger at the role of the private sector in public services Continue reading...
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Twin Cities Academy Named One Of The Best US Schools 11.9.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)An unassuming building on the east side of St. Paul is home to one of the best high schools in the nation -- Twin Cities Academy. It was ranked 42 on the list of the nation's top 500 schools by Newsweek Magazine. The rankings are based on how well they prepared students for college. TCA received a college readiness score of 97.25
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Should L.A. schools be run like businesses? Here's what new UTLA chief Alex Caputo-Pearl says 10.9.2014 LA Times: Commentary
It's a funny world, and a small one. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the new head of United Teachers Los Angeles, went to school in the same Maryland school district where John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, was once superintendent. They missed each other there, but now...
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Laura Bush’s latest role: Booster of her husband’s legacy 9.9.2014 Washington Post

When she’s home in Dallas for a stretch, the former first lady has a couple of friends over three times a week to practice what she calls “laughing yoga.” As their instructor leads them through vinyasas, they laugh and chat. Other days, Laura Bush takes urban hikes through the area surrounding her Preston Hollow neighborhood — with Secret Service trailing several paces behind. On Sundays, she and the former president often welcome old friends over for dinner and a movie.

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Primary concerns 9.9.2014 HBL: Editorial
What Modi’s Teachers’ Day address did not spell out
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A money lesson for CPS 9.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
When it comes to back-to-school shopping, there's a familiar ritual in many households: Salvage as many of last year's colored pencils and markers as possible, then page through sales fliers for the best deals on school ...
Rauner education plan light on specifics 9.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Monday promised to pump more money into education from preschool through college should he be elected, but failed to say how he’d pay for it and keep his earlier pledges to lower the income tax rate and freeze property ...
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Utah Teacher of Year credits his parents, who lacked but valued education 6.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The two people who most inspired Mohsen Ghaffari to teach had very little education themselves. Ghaffari’s mother was taken out of school in second grade to work in a rug factory in Iran. His father didn’t make it past fourth grade. Yet education was important to them. “They were highly intelligent people who did not have an opportunity to become educated,” Ghaffari said. “I think they were incredibly smart, and they wanted a better life, so their emphasis was on education.” That emphasis motiva...
Faces of the Democratic Future 4.9.2014 American Prospect
Demographers and political prognosticators like to talk about the rising "Obama electorate." Majority-minority, more liberal on social and financial issues alike than their forebears, this young cohort stands poised to radically transform the country's politics in the decades to come. For the July/August issue of  The American Prospect magazine, we asked rising progressive leaders what they think about the future of the Democratic Party—and how it needs to change.    Mayor of Ithaca, New York Ithaca, New York I’d like to see the party elect a woman president. When Barack Obama was elected, I was a young mixed-race kid with a strange name, being raised by a white mother. It changed what I thought was possible for my life. After I was elected mayor here at 24, I remember a mother telling me the following story. She and her adopted son, who is black and around 15 years old, were coming to city hall. In the elevator, an elderly white woman looked at him and said, “Are you the mayor?” When the mother told me ...
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How a Bipartisan Education Reform Effort Became the Biggest Conservative Bogeyman Since Obamacare 4.9.2014 Mother Jones
Illustration: Chris Buzelli ONE NIGHT last September, a 46-year-old Veterans Administration research manager named Robert Small showed up at a public meeting with state education officials in Ellicott City, a well-to-do Maryland suburb, with a pen, a notebook, and an ax to grind. Small had been doing some homework on the main topic of the event, a set of math and language arts standards called Common Core that had recently been introduced in schools across the country, including his kids'. Fresh from work in a crisp, checkered shirt, he stood up in an overflow crowd and channeled his inner Henry V. "I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of the Common Core standards isn't to prepare our children for world-class universities—it's to prepare them for community college!" An off-duty police officer approached, and Small began to shout. "You're sitting here like cattle!" Out came the handcuffs. "Hey, is this America?" Small bellowed, as he jostled with the officer. "Parents, you need to ...
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The Fight for Universal Pre-K: New York Charts a Checkered Path Toward Equal Early Education 3.9.2014 Truthout.com

2014 903 prek fwNew York City mayor Bill De Blasio promotes universal pre-kindergarten at P.S. 20 in Lower East Side, NY, April 5, 2013. (Photo: Bill de Blasio)

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio touted universal pre-kindergarten as a way to fight inequality. But the program shows inequalities of its own.

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Montessori charter school looks at 2016 opening 3.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Organizers with the envisioned Mountain Montessori Charter School are moving forward with their application to the Colorado Charter School Institute but have pushed back a target opening until fall 2016. The group originally expected to facilitate the school's charter through the Steamboat Springs School District, but district officials decided this summer to release their interest in the school. “I think they had a lot of work that was (more) pressing," Mountain Montessori steering committee member Jennifer Zuccone said. “But there isn't any sort of tension between us and the district.” Superintendent Brad Meeks said the Colorado CSI didn't yet exist when the North Routt Charter School was formed, but he believed the institute would offer a smoother experience for the proposed school. “We've been recommending that they go through the CSI,” said Meeks. “It seems cleaner, and cuts out the district as a middle man.” The charter school is aiming to fill a void organizers believe was left when a Montessori ...
Abbreviated pundit roundup: Back to school, meaningful work and more 2.9.2014 Daily Kos
The New York Times writes in praise of universal pre-kindergarten: The start of public school on Thursday in New York City should be the usual merry scramble of chattering children and stressed (or relieved) parents. There will also be something new: a fresh crop of 4-year-olds, more than 50,000, embarking on the first day of free, full-day, citywide, city-run prekindergarten. It’s worth pausing to note what an accomplishment this is. Fifty thousand is a small city’s worth of children, each getting a head start on a lifetime of learning. It is so many families saving the cost of day care or private prekindergarten. It is a milestone of education reform. Mike Rose over at The Los Angeles Times writes about the need to think about meaningful work for young adults: In the midst of the economic analysis and political speeches on this Labor Day, we should stop and think about the personal meaning of work and whether we are providing enough opportunities for young people to discover that meaning for ...
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Which States' Kids Miss the Most School? 2.9.2014 Mother Jones
September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school—at least not very much. The map above shows the results of a national report released Tuesday by non-profit Attendance Works, which zooms in on a statistic called "chronic absenteeism," generally defined as the number of kids who miss at least ten percent of school days over the course of a year. The measure has become popular among education reformers over the past few years because unlike other measures like average daily attendance or truancy , chronic absenteeism focuses on the specific kids who are regularly missing instructional time, regardless of the reason why or the overall performance of the school. Several studies have shown that missing ten percent of school seems to be a threshold of sorts: If you miss more than that, your odds of scoring well on tests, graduating high school , and attending college are significantly lower. A statewide study in Utah, for example, found that ...
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