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The war against humanities at Britain's universities 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Higher education is stuffed with overpaid administrators squeezing every ounce of efficiency out of lecturers and focusing on the ‘profitable’ areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. Are the humanities at risk of being wiped out? A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia, a war whose repercussions will be felt down through the generations. Long one of Britain’s global success stories, our universities are under attack by an austerity-obsessed government looking to maintain the excellence of our institutions at a fraction of the cost. The dictates of the market economy have been unleashed upon our once-sacred seats of learning, and academics wear the haunted looks of the terminally battle-scarred. With the threat of further cuts to come whichever side wins the general election, and none of the major parties promising to stand in the way of the corporate colonisation of education, the debate has reached an unseemly head, with many academics in open revolt and professional ...
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Do not abandon No Child Left Behind 29.3.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
U.S. EDUCATION officials in February had some modestly good news to announce: the nation’s high school graduation rate had inched up to a historic high. This month came even more encouraging news: Those rates have improved for all types of students, as the achievement gap that separates minority students from their white peers has narrowed. This progress is not mere happenstance; it is a product of reforms that have brought rigor and accountability to American public education. We hope that reality will not be lost on Congress as it debates the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. Read full article ...
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LA Charter School Teachers Trying To Unionize 28.3.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Charter school teachers in Los Angeles are trying to unionize within one of the largest charter school chains -- Alliance College-Ready schools. After being told by charter school managers that they would remain neutral, the opposite has happened. Teachers are receiving letters encouraging them not to organize and in some cases principals have conducted meetings with them to discourage any union activity. Daily Kos : One of the big appeals of charter schools, for the hedge funders and politicians who support them, is that they're a way to break unions. But as charter schools become more entrenched, and their teachers see the problems that come with high turnover, low wages, and lack of due process protections, they're starting to unionize. Which was definitely not the plan of the charter industry. Earlier this month, teachers at the largest Los Angeles charter chain, Alliance, launched an organizing drive , ...
Differences over Chicago schools stir mayor's race for Emanuel, Garcia 28.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
About 200 Chicago schoolteachers, wearing the red T-shirts their union has embraced as a symbol of solidarity against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, gathered in a Pilsen union hall recently for a workshop that doubled as a political ...
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Teachers push for Los Angeles charter chain management to stay neutral in union drive 27.3.2015 Daily Kos
One of the big appeals of charter schools, for the hedge funders and politicians who support them, is that they're a way to break unions. But as charter schools become more entrenched, and their teachers see the problems that come with high turnover, low wages, and lack of due process protections, they're starting to unionize. Which was definitely not the plan of the charter industry. Earlier this month, teachers at the largest Los Angeles charter chain, Alliance, launched an organizing drive , because: "We believe that when teachers have a respected voice in policymaking it leads to school sustainability and teacher retention," said Elana Goldbaum, who teaches history at Gertz-Ressler High School, a member of the Alliance group. "We have a lot of talent and we want to see that stay. We want to see our teachers be a part of the decision-making and we want to advocate for our students and ourselves." The letter teachers sent to Alliance management specifically asked for "a fair and neutral process," i.e. ...
FACT CHECK: Republicans reaching for White House take liberties when attacking Common Core 27.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core 27.3.2015 AP Politics
ATLANTA (AP) -- In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact....
A Brief History of the "Testocracy," Standardized Testing and Test-Defying 25.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Chicago, April 24, 2013: Demonstrator holds a sign at a rally against school closings and testing. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee ) In this excerpt from More Than a Score, Jesse Hagopian explains who the “testocracy” are, what they want - for everybody else's children and for their own - and why more people than ever before are resisting tests and working collectively to reclaim public education. Chicago, April 24, 2013: Demonstrator holds a sign at a rally against school closings and testing. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee ) "We are experiencing the largest ongoing revolt against high-stakes standardized testing in US history," according to Jesse Hagopian, high school history teacher, education writer and editor of More Than a Score. This remarkable book introduces the educators, students, parents and others who make up the resistance movement pushing back against the corporate "testocracy." Click here to order More Than a Score today by making a donation to Truthout! In this excerpt from More Than a Score, Jesse ...
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Imagining Ted Cruz as president 24.3.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
On Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President at Liberty University. In the wake of that address in which Cruz used the term “imagine” over 40 times, Ezra Klein of Vox asked readers to “ imagine Ted Cruz as President .” Back in July 2013, I did just that. Here, then, is a look back at “The Great Nullification Crisis of 2017.” ------------------------------ For most Americans now living, those long-ago events were as unthinkable as they were forgotten. In Little Rock , Arkansas (1957), Oxford , Mississippi (1962), and Tuscaloosa , Alabama (1963), Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy dispatched federal troops to enforce the law of the land in the face of local segregationist officials proclaiming "states' rights" as their rallying cry. And yet, little more than two generations later, a new, even more shocking nullification crisis exploded across the United States. In places like Burlington, Vermont, and Boulder, Colorado, in Concord, Massachusetts, and Concord, California, and in ...
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Nine Billionaires Are About to Remake New York's Public Schools 24.3.2015 Truthout.com
Of all the hedge-fund billionaires dedicated to education reform, none stands out more than Paul Tudor Jones II. (Photo: TED Conference / Flickr ) Truthout combats corporate power of everything by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson stands at a Harvard club podium in midtown Manhattan, facing a room full of investors eating eggs and bacon, and eager to learn more about charter schools. The walls of the wood-paneled room are lined with the portraits of Tilson's Harvard forefathers. Above the podium where Tilson stands hangs an ornamental gold ship, swaying. In the corner of the room is a large screen, on which the logos of the day's sponsors, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, float like guardian angels. Two large stone fireplaces dominate the west end of the room. Their exaggerated mantelpieces are each decorated with two empty crests and a laurel—symbols of power drained of any ...
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Finland’s radical new plan to change school means an end to subjects 24.3.2015 Ezra Klein
Finland's classrooms are very different from America's -- far more permissive, with less of an emphasis on academics. There are no standardized tests until high school, and children get 15 minutes of recess in between lessons -- more than an hour of recess a day. "Play is important," one Finnish teacher told the Smithsonian magazine. "We value play." Yet Finnish kids always ...
Arnold Schwarzenegger continues 'crusade' for after-school education with national summit 24.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Debate over test security vs. student privacy rages in the age of social media 24.3.2015 Washington Post
A New Jersey student’s tweet about a question on new Common Core tests was deleted after it was flagged by a testing company, spurring a national debate about how to balance children’s privacy with test security in the age of social media.Read full article ...
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Where They Stand: Ted Cruz on key issues of 2016 campaign 24.3.2015 AP Politics
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his 2016 campaign for president Monday, hoping to energize the evangelical wing of the Republican Party and supplement his already strong support among tea party and grassroots conservatives. Here's a snapshot of where Cruz stands on issues likely to be debated during the GOP's presidential primaries....
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Little League star Mo'ne Davis asks university to reinstate college athlete who crudely insulted her 23.3.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Bloomsburg University kicked Joey Casselberry off of the college baseball team after he wrote a tweet calling 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis a slut. Forever the first-class girl, Mo'ne and her coach called the university asking them to reinstate the player after he publicly apologized for his gross words. On Friday night, Casselberry posted a tweet saying, “Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis ? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.” The tweet was made in reaction to the news that Disney Channel will be making a movie about Davis. By Saturday night, the former Bloomsburg player’s Twitter account was deactivated, though his offensive tweet was captured via screenshot and circulated, sparking anger and shock. Bloomsburg University announced the first baseman’s release via Twitter saying it was “deeply saddened” by Casselberry’s tweet and that “his words do not represent Bloomsburg University.” While the university declined their request to reinstate Casselberry, it says so much about Davis that she'd ...
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Transcript: Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty University 23.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Here is a complete transcript of Ted Cruz’s address at Liberty University in which he officially announced his 2016 presidential bid. CRUZ: Good to see you. (APPLAUSE)Thank you. (APPLAUSE)Read full article ...
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'Grow your own' teacher of color programs provide a solution 23.3.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Districts are stepping up efforts to hire teachers of color as student diversity is increasing across Minnesota.
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"Grow your own” teacher programs provide one solution to Minnesota schools' struggle to hire teachers of color 23.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
As a result, districts are upping efforts to hire teachers of color as student diversity is increasing across Minnesota.
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Thousands of High School Students Protest throughout Macedonia 22.3.2015 Global Voices
Thousands of high school students gathered across Macedonia to protest controversial educational reforms. Authorities hit back with every dirty trick available.
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The House GOP budget targets grants for the neediest students 22.3.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THE BUDGET outline released by House Republicans would freeze levels of financial aid for poor college students, on the pretext that the Obama administration’s expansion of student assistance is expensive and ill-targeted. It’s a bad idea built on a faulty premise. Even if that weren’t the case, the proposal is a poor way to achieve cost savings or increase the efficiency of federal student aid.Read full article ...
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