Students and Teachers Defend Education

Univ. of Maine Faculty Reinstated After Students Protest Against Cuts

April 14, 2014

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

Hundreds of Students & Faculty Occupy College Campus to Fight Cuts to Public Higher Ed

March 24, 2014

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

Debate: Are Maryland Schools Ready for the Common Core Standards

February 9, 2014

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.

Debate: Baltimore Teachers Vote On A New Contract

February 6, 2014

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

State Cuts to Public Funding of Higher Education Responsible For Increases In Tuition Costs

January 29, 2014

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

Government’s Call for Less Police In School Doesn’t Go Far Enough

January 9, 2014

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

Parents Organize Boycott To End Standardized Testing of 4-year-olds

October 23, 2013

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

Seattle Teacher Jesse Hagopian Schools NBC’s Education Nation

October 9, 2013

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

Communities Fight Back Against “Racist” DC School Closures

September 18, 2013

Rania Khalek: School closings in DC and across the country have not improved educational outcomes.

Thanks to Gov. Corbett, Philly Schools Open Overcrowded and Understaffed

September 18, 2013

State control of Philly’s public education has been a disaster

10 Arrested Protesting Chicago Community Center and Library’s Demolition

August 19, 2013

Chicago bulldozes ‘La Casita’ three years after 43 day sit-in saved the vital community center and library

Chicago Fires More than 2,000 School Staff as Crippling Cuts Deepen

July 22, 2013

Austerity deepens in Chicago this year with the firing of more than 3,000 total school staff after closing 50 schools

Philadelphia Slashes Schools Budget While State Spends $400 Million on New Prisons

June 12, 2013

Philadelphia communities fighting back against planned cuts that disproportionally impact low income and African American communities

Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, Spends $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds on Private College Stadium

May 30, 2013

Activists say national union leadership needs to give more support to Black and Latino working class families fighting school closures

Chicago Teachers and Parents Launch Three Day March Against 54 School Closings

May 19, 2013

Increased gun violence expected in Chicago as school closings will force students to cross gang lines in America’s deadliest city

Massive Cheating Scandals Rock School Districts Nationwide

April 18, 2013

New allegations of test impropriety under Michelle Rhee in Washington DC follow 35 criminal indictments in nation’s largest ever cheating scandal in Atlanta

Occupy The Department of Education

April 15, 2013

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

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Fighting School Closures

April 3, 2013

Chicago Teachers Union President discusses defending Chicago’s Public Schools

More than 100 Arrested Protesting Mass School Closings In Chicago

March 28, 2013

Teachers, workers and activists hope to pressure Chicago to abandon plans to close 61 schools

City College of San Francisco and Public Education Under Attack

March 20, 2013

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