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Education & Student Action

Graduating Class of 2015 Most Debt Burdened in History
43 million people are carrying $1.3 trillion in student debt. Josh Hoxie & Mayra Guizar examine the options on the table for dealing with this crisis.

  May 18, 2015

Unions Fight Controversial Charter School Expansion Bill
TRNN speaks to supporters and opponents of Gov. Hogan's proposal to increase freedoms for charter schools, while critics warn the measures could lead to abuse and undermine collective bargaining

  February 28, 2015

Should the Teachers Union Play a Bigger Role in the Fight for Racial Justice?
Professor Lois Weiner explains that teachers and the teachers union must take concrete steps to repair their relationship with communities of color

  December 22, 2014

$32 Billion For-Profit College Industry Becomes Pass-Through for Wall Street
Glen Ford: With a 50% graduation rate and heavily indebted students, the government needs to establish a federal agency to regulate this newest Wall Street-connected scam

  July 14, 2014

The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Ed in the Shadow of 'School Choice'
Glen Ford: The corporate education reform movement has exacerbated inequities in public schools in the name of civil rights

  October 3, 14

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: Abolish Elected School Boards
Elected School Board member Alturrick Kenney and Milwaukee Teachers Union President Bob Peterson respond to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings call to abolish elected school because they impede charter school growth

  October 3, 14

The Resegregation of American Schools
ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation's success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education

  October 3, 14

Univ. of Maine Faculty Reinstated After Students Protest Against Cuts
USM Assistant Professor Meghan Brodie and USM student Meaghan LaSala discuss how this victory shows there are efficient ways to fill the $14 million budget gap without eroding the academic core

  October 3, 14

DC School Test Scores Up, But Poor Black Kids Are Doing Worse - Andy Shallal on RAI (3/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Shallal says we went from No Child Left Behind under the Bush era to no kid left untested, then to no teacher left unstressed, and our schools are still doing very poorly

  October 3, 14

Teachers on Strike from the UK to Argentina
Education Professor Lois Weiner breaks down what connects tens of thousands of striking teachers in the UK, and why American teachers have not been launching their own major strikes

  October 3, 14

Hundreds of Students & Faculty Occupy College Campus to Fight Cuts to Public Higher Ed
University of Southern Maine student Meagan LaSala and professor Rachel Bouvier explain how cuts disproportionately target faculty and will trigger a decline in quality public education

  October 3, 14

Professor Who Teaches Israel-Palestine Conflict Accuses College of Violating His Academic Freedom
Professor Iymen Chehade and attorney Rima Kapitan say Columbia College made a political decision to cancel Chehade's class on the Israeli-Palestine Conflict after he screened Five Broken Cameras

  October 3, 14

Are Tuition Breaks Enough To Combat High Student Debt And Low Graduation Rates?
The University of Baltimore's Peter Toran and UC-Santa Barbara graduate student Samir Sonti discuss UB's plan to offer students a free final semester of tuition, and agree that federal intervention is needed to address structural causes of high student debt and low graduation rates

  October 3, 14

How To Make Higher Education Free Without New Taxes Or More Government Spending - Robert Samuels (1/2)
University of California AFT president Robert Samuels explains it is possible to provide free college education to all U.S. students, and as a consequence solve the student debt problem and the rising costs of tuition

  October 3, 14

Universities Are Relying On Exploitation Of Part-Time Labor - Robert Samuels (2/2)
Though universities are often considered bastions of liberalism, they have in fact become leading models and producers of part-time and insecure labor, and this harming the quality of higher education, says Robert Samuels

  February 14, 2014

Debate: Are Maryland Schools Ready for the Common Core Standards
Marc Steiner hosts a debate whether to delay implementation of the Common Core curriculum in Maryland schools and to cancel this year's MSAs (Maryland School Assessments), with: Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer of the Maryland State Department of Education, and Cheryl Bost, Vice President of the Maryland State Education Association.

  October 3, 14

Debate: Baltimore Teachers Vote On A New Contract
Marc Steiner hosts a debate between the President of the Baltimore Teachers Union Marietta English and dissident teacher Iris Kirsh on the merits of the new Baltimore teachers union contract, being voted on Thursday by union members

  October 3, 14

State Cuts to Public Funding of Higher Education Responsible For Increases In Tuition Costs
Michael Leachman: Tuition costs are rising as states respond to the recession by cutting public funding to higher education, with cuts averaging 28% on a per pupil basis

  October 3, 14

Government's Call for Less Police In School Doesn't Go Far Enough
Student activist Tre Murphy: Eric Holder and Arne Duncan's call for less use of zero-tolerance policies is a good start but much work remains to reign in the use of law enforcement in public schools

  October 3, 14

Ben Franklin High School Incinerator Protest
A photo essay by Eric Kruszewski

  October 3, 14

U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last Year
Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate

  October 3, 14

Parents Organize Boycott To End Standardized Testing of 4-year-olds
New York School believed to be first to reject testing in grades K-2, principal and 90% of parents support boycott and hope it helps spark nationwide movement

  October 3, 14

Philadelphia Cuts School Nurses, 6th Grader Dies of Asthma Attack With No Nurse On Duty Pt. 1
Philly schools suffer 40 percent decline of school nurses in just two years due to budget cuts

  October 3, 14

Philadelphia Cuts School Nurses, 6th Grader Dies of Asthma Attack With No Nurse On Duty Pt. 2
Philly schools suffer 40 percent decline of school nurses in just two years due to budget cuts

  October 3, 14

Seattle Teacher Jesse Hagopian Schools NBC's Education Nation
Jesse Hagopian, a leader of Garfield High's historic test boycott, given rare opportunity to challenge corporate education reform policies at the Gate's funded Education Nation, a testament to the growing national opposition to high stakes testing

  October 3, 14

Thanks to Gov. Corbett, Philly Schools Open Overcrowded and Understaffed
State control of Philly's public education has been a disaster

  October 3, 14

Communities Fight Back Against "Racist" DC School Closures
Rania Khalek: School closings in DC and across the country have not improved educational outcomes.

  October 3, 14

Congress Passes Student Debt Deal, but Fails Students in the Long Run
Alan Collinge: Student loan bill only perpetuates a system that preys on students

  October 3, 14

Chicago Fires More than 2,000 School Staff as Crippling Cuts Deepen
Austerity deepens in Chicago this year with the firing of more than 3,000 total school staff after closing 50 schools

  October 3, 14

Study Links High Stakes Testing to Higher Incarceration Rates
A new study reveals states with high school exit exams have higher rates of incarceration and lower graduation rates

  October 3, 14

Student Loan Interest Rates Double
Lendman: Student loan industry is a racket, students should get the same low- interest loans as banks.

  October 3, 14

Philadelphia Slashes Schools Budget While State Spends $400 Million on New Prisons
Philadelphia communities fighting back against planned cuts that disproportionally impact low income and African American communities

  October 3, 14

Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, Spends $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds on Private College Stadium
Activists say national union leadership needs to give more support to Black and Latino working class families fighting school closures

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers and Parents Launch Three Day March Against 54 School Closings
Increased gun violence expected in Chicago as school closings will force students to cross gang lines in America's deadliest city

  October 3, 14

Massive Cheating Scandals Rock School Districts Nationwide
New allegations of test impropriety under Michelle Rhee in Washington DC follow 35 criminal indictments in nation's largest ever cheating scandal in Atlanta

  October 3, 14

Occupy The Department of Education
A four day occupation warns of the privatization of schools turning education into a privilege instead of a right

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Fighting School Closures
Chicago Teachers Union President discusses defending Chicago's Public Schools

  October 3, 14

More than 100 Arrested Protesting Mass School Closings In Chicago
Teachers, workers and activists hope to pressure Chicago to abandon plans to close 61 schools

  October 3, 14

Civil Disobedience Planned in Chicago to Oppose Unprecedented Mass School Closings
Teachers, parents and activists to get arrested protesting the closing of 54 Chicago schools

  October 3, 14

Solution to Student Debt is to Get the Banks Out of the Education Business
Michael Hudson: Crippling student debt, which is also a drag on the whole ecnonomy, developed as governments pushed the burden of higher education costs onto students and pushed them into the arms of the banks

  October 3, 14

New Orleans Parent and Activist Karran Harper Royal at "Journey for Justice" Hearing in DC
Part 3 of TRN's coverage of the "Journey for Justice" DOE Hearing on School Closings

  October 3, 14

Chicago Parent and Activist Jitu Brown at "Journey for Justice" Hearing in DC
Part 2 of TRN's coverage of the "Journey for Justice" DOE Hearing on School Closings

  October 3, 14

Parents and Students Demand Nationwide Moratorium on School Closings
"Journey for Justice" activists rally in DC to DOE investigate alleged Civil Rights violations in school closings

  October 3, 14

Student Movement Marks Radical Shift in Chilean Politics
While students have not achieved their demand for free quality public education, movement develops new strategies with an eye towards upcoming 2013 elections

  December 20, 2012

As Strike Ends, Chicago Teachers and Activists To Fight School Closings
Activists with "Journey For Justice" demand national moratorium on school closings

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers Union Votes to End Historic Strike
Chicago Teachers say fight to defend public education ongoing

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers Strike Enters Second Week
Chicago Mayor Emanuel seeks court injunction to force teachers back to work

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers Strike Enters Fourth Day
Labor unions back striking teachers, while Democrats remain silent

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers Strike Rooted in Community Struggle
Chicago teachers fighting bipartisan consensus over "corporate" education reform

  October 3, 14

TRNN REPLAY: Chicago Teachers Strike Rooted in Community Struggle
Chicago teachers fighting bipartisan consensus over "corporate" education reform

  October 3, 14

Tens of Thousands Rally to Support Striking Chicago Teachers
Historic Chicago teachers strike enters second day

  October 3, 14

Chicago Teachers Launch Strike for Better Pay, Benefits and Work Conditions
30,000 strong Chicago Teachers Union strike for first time in quarter century

  October 3, 14

Do Obama Policies Help Baltimore Schools?
Baltimore Activists say "Race to the Top" harming Baltimore students and teachers

  October 3, 14

Quebec Students Continue Resistance
Report on the Quebec student movement's July mass protest and future plans

  October 3, 14

Does the American Elite Want Real Public Education?
Third in our three part series about education policy and the US Presidential Elections

  July 12, 2012

Romney's Education Policy
Second in a three part series about education policy in the US Presidential elections

  July 11, 2012

Obama's Education Policy
First in a three part series about education policy in the US Presidential elections

  October 3, 14

Growing National Movement Against "High Stakes" Public School Testing
New York parents and students say testing mania obstructs learning and hands money to private companies

  October 3, 14

Hundreds Rally to Fight for Philadelphia Public Schools
Philadelphia communities outraged by austerity and school privatization

  October 3, 14

Quebec Student Strike Gathers Wide Support
Worldwide marches held in solidarity with striking Quebec students

  October 3, 14

Quebec Students Resist State Repression
Paul Jay talks to Jérémie Bédard-Wien, Student Organizer, CLASSE

  October 3, 14

Occupy Wall Street bangs pots and pans with students in Quebec
Occupy Wall Street activists took to the streets of New York to march for affordable education and against police repression, in solidarity with the massive, ongoing student uprising taking place in Quebec and now spreading across the world.

  October 3, 14

Protests Against Brutal Repression and Draconian Law in Quebec
Lawyers join students in protest against Quebec Bill 78

  October 3, 14

Quebec Student Movement Grows with Popular Support
People from Montreal's communities bang pots and pans to show support as students broaden demands

  October 3, 14

250,000+ Defy Anti-Protest Law in Quebec
Jeremie Bedard: Students will insist on their rights to education and their right to protest

  October 3, 14

Dozens of Philadelphia Public Schools on Chopping Block
Students, parents, teachers, rally against a proposed radical restructuring of the public school system

  October 3, 14

Student Debt and Education as a Right
As debt mounts students forced into job choices just to make payments

  October 3, 14

Quebec's Maple Spring
May 1st in Montreal was a display of how the student strike is part of Quebec's larger struggle against neo-liberalism

  October 3, 14

New York Students Allege Police Harassment for Fighting School Closure
Activists want charges dropped and 5,000 police removed from New York public schools

  October 3, 14

Quebec Students Rejecting Tuition Deal
170,000 students remain on strike as assemblies vote to reject government offer

  May 9, 2012

Quebec Students Demand Education as a Right, Continue Strike
J Bedard: Students almost unanimously reject government deal, willing to lose year if necessary

  October 3, 14

How did Quebec Students Mobilize Hundreds of Thousands for Strike?
Three students discuss the role of direct democracy and political demands in building a massive movement

  May 4, 2012

Teachers, parents push back against high stakes testing
Growing outrage as Obama admin pushes more tests

  April 23, 2012

Over 165,000 Students On Strike in Quebec Over Planned Tuition Hikes
Students lead tens of thousands in protests against tuition hikes and neoliberal reforms of Quebec government

  October 3, 14

(De)segregation and the Mexican American Studies Ban in Tucson, Arizona
Is Tucson Unified School District's MAS suspension at odds with a decades old federal desegregation order?

  April 12, 2012

New Yorkers Fight "Turnaround" School Closures
26 schools targeted for firing teachers and changing school administrations to qualify for millions in federal grants.

  October 3, 14

“Librotraficantes” Smuggle Banned Books Into Tucson, Arizona
Students and activists set up “Underground Libraries” of books prohibited in suspended Mexican American Studies classrooms

  March 21, 2012

Despite public outcry, Chicago approves closure of 17 schools
Students, parents and teachers outraged over school privatizations

  October 3, 14

Teachers Risk Jobs to Blow Whistle on School Management Firm
Teachers and parents speak out ahead of key vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to turn more schools over to private management firm ahead

  October 3, 14

Tucson Students Stage Walkouts, Teach-Ins Over Suspended Mexican American Studies Program
Students organize school of ethnic studies to teach "forbidden" curriculum

  February 10, 2012

Shills and Cruel Jokes
Labor Beat: Parents and teachers protest "show trial" hearings they say are being used close their Chicago schools

  October 3, 14

New York Students Walkout Against School Closures
Students and teachers oppose plans to close up to 60 schools this year

  October 3, 14

Educators use Occupy Movement to Defend Public Education
An unequal financial system contributing to poverty and joblessness is a focus of the Occupy movement, but little attention is paid to educators

  November 7, 2011

Tucson Militarizes Public School Board Meeting
Battle over the future of ethnic studies in Arizona rages on

  May 12, 2011

Extended interview with Rev. C. Gatewood
North Carolina Student and Teacher Protest

  May 10, 2011

Students and Teachers Fight Education Cuts in North Carolina
Thousands of students and teachers take to the streets opposing Republican controlled North Carolina State Assembly bill to cut education budget

  October 3, 14

Tucson Students Occupy School Board Meeting to Defend Ethnic Studies
Students in Tucson, Arizona take over school board meeting to prevent controversial vote

  May 3, 2011



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