Students and Teachers Defend Education
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Rania Khalek: School closings in DC and across the country have not improved educational outcomes.
Austerity deepens in Chicago this year with the firing of more than 3,000 total school staff after closing 50 schools
Philadelphia communities fighting back against planned cuts that disproportionally impact low income and African American communities
Activists say national union leadership needs to give more support to Black and Latino working class families fighting school closures
Increased gun violence expected in Chicago as school closings will force students to cross gang lines in America’s deadliest city
New allegations of test impropriety under Michelle Rhee in Washington DC follow 35 criminal indictments in nation’s largest ever cheating scandal in Atlanta
Chicago Teachers Union President discusses defending Chicago’s Public Schools