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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  October 3, 14

10 Arrested Protesting Chicago Community Center and Library's Demolition
Chicago bulldozes 'La Casita' three years after 43 day sit-in saved the vital community center and library

  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

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

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

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

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

  October 3, 14

City College of San Francisco and Public Education Under Attack
Hundreds of students, faculty, and community supporters of the City College of San Francisco rallied at City Hall to demand an end to cuts and layoffs and full funding of public education

  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

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