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Strategies of the 1% Revealed 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
It's too easy to say that the 1 percent has recently been winning the class war in the United States because it is more powerful, with its control of the mass media, ownership of the major parties and command of the means of repression. In the  Global Nonviolent Action Database  there are plenty of cases in which the 1 percent has all those things and is nevertheless pushed back by people power and smart strategy. In fact, even in the United States, the 1 percent has lost some recent battles. We Americans often fail to notice the 1 percent's strategy game. Knowing some of the favorite moves they make to achieve their goals will assist us as we stand up for justice, equality and life itself. Divide and conquer New York State has had a moratorium on fracking for natural gas in its part of the giant Marcellus Shale deposit. In 2010, oil companies paid for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's election in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania; Corbett then made sure to minimize taxes on fracking in his state's ...
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In Japan, schools so small they can't even form soccer teams resist the ax 20.4.2015 Washington Post: World
AONE, Japan — In the historic wooden schoolhouse here, decked out in the kind of bright artwork done by kids the world over, there are two classrooms, each containing three desks that sit marooned in the middle of a space made for many more. At break time, a boy kicks a soccer ball around the yard by himself.Read full article ...
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How Much Student Testing Is Too Much? 19.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Washington - If it’s springtime, it must be standardized testing time in schools across the country. It’s also when the debate over whether students are inundated with too many tests becomes hot. Experts say testing is up. Parents who want their children to skip the tests say their ranks are growing. Lawmakers say they’re hearing a loud message about too much unnecessary testing. The Common Core , a set of tougher classroom standards adopted by more than 40 states, has further inflamed the critics. But new legislation might change the school testing landscape. Congress will debate education this spring as lawmakers attempt to rewrite No Child Left Behind , the law spelling out the federal role in public education. Passed in 2002, it mandated annual testing and attached severe consequences for schools whose test scores didn’t show enough progress. A bipartisan agreement in the Senate on its update of the education bill might reduce the pressure to test. It gives states, not Washington, the job of ensuring ...
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Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites 19.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Federal corruption investigators looking into a $20.5 million no-bid contract at Chicago Public Schools also have asked for any records related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts — the first indication that the public relations ...
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In New Orleans, Young Lives Adrift 18.4.2015 NPR News
Among U.S. cities, New Orleans has the third-highest rate of young people who are neither in school nor working. Craig Adams Jr. is trying not to be one of them.
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More students are opting out of Common Core testing, vexing school accountability efforts 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing 18.4.2015 AP National
ATLANTA (AP) -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance....
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In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again 18.4.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
Crescent Leadership Academy has a checkered reputation, but a new principal is trying to do right by some of the toughest — and most troubled — kids in the city.
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Chilean students protest corruption scandals, demand president act on education reform 17.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids 16.4.2015 Washington Post
New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap.Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive tests.Read full article >>
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Illinois board of education names new leader, OKs severance deal for Koch 16.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Tony Smith — a charismatic but sometimes unpopular leader who closed struggling public schools, butted heads with teachers unions and created more privately run charter schools in California — was hired Wednesday as Illinois' new state school ...
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Senate committee moving toward final vote on updates to No Child Left Behind law 16.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Jeb Bush turns his eyes to a general election prize: Ohio 15.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Many would-be presidential contenders spend most of their exploratory phase just visiting Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and maybe Nevada, over and over again.But not Jeb Bush.In recent weeks, the former Florida governor -- who insists that he's still "considering the possibility" of running -- has spent considerable time in  states that usually earn the attention of a general election candidate, at the expense of time in states that matter early in the GOP primary process.Read full article ...
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Senate panel takes up No Child Left Behind rewrite 15.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The Senate education panel began marking up a bipartisan bill to replace No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans going to great lengths to hold together a delicately crafted consensus around the proposal. Read full article ...
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State takes steps to hire new schools superintendent 14.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Illinois State Board of Education is expected to consider a change of leadership this week, taking steps to hire a new superintendent to oversee one of the largest state school systems in the ...
Senators try to revise No Child Left Behind -- a few years behind 14.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The proposed changes would let states -- not Washington -- decide how to evaluate their teachers and fix struggling schools.
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Streamline rules for teacher licensure in Minnesota 13.4.2015 Star Tribune: Editorials
Make it easier for Minnesota districts to hire out-of-state candidates.
Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing 12.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Duncan wants new law to include early childhood education, state oversight 10.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the nation’s main federal education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that Congress needs to craft a modern version that stays true to the law’s intent: to create equal educational opportunity for all children.Read full article ...
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Alliance charters interfering with unionization efforts, complaint says 8.4.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Nearly a month after launching a campaign to unionize the largest charter school group in Los Angeles, some teachers are accusing school leaders of violating state laws that allow educators to organize without fear of reprisal.
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