The Right Wing in America Has Long Tried to Destroy ‘Government Schools’

Jennifer Berkshire July 31, 2017 AlterNet   Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is one of the most buzzed-about books of the summer. But her book is also about public education, and the right’s long crusade to privatize what they call “government schools.” In the latest episode of the Have You Heard Podcast, AlterNet education editor Jennifer Berkshire talks to MacLean about why public education is in the crosshairs of the radical right, and how the history of private school vouchers, a passion of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is Read More …

The Forgotten World of Communist Bookstores

The Forgotten World of Communist Bookstores    Joshua Clark Davis August 11, 2017 Jacobin   Communist bookstores provided a critical public space for radicals, operating in virtually every major American city. Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York had several apiece. Smaller and ostensibly less radical locales such as Birmingham, Houston, and Omaha, had communist bookstores, too. Some radical bookstores operate today. Venture into one of these shops in which left bookstores helped customers envision radical worlds that were often otherwise unimaginable in America The Communist Party USA’s Workers’ Bookshop, at its headquarters on 13th Street in New York City (1942)., Read More …

Dismantling Public Education – Like it or Not, Betsy DeVos Has Made a Mark in Six Months as Education Secretary

Dismantling Public Education – Like it or Not, Betsy DeVos Has Made a Mark in Six Months as Education Secretary    Valerie Strauss August 4, 2017 Washington Post   After six months, Betsy DeVos has taken some major steps to change education policy, and her very presence at the head of the U.S. Education Department signals something important about the past, present and future of public education in the United States. She faces protests at many public appearances, which is why she receives special protection from the U.S. Marshals Service, at an average cost so far this year of $1 Read More …

Teachers Union Caucuses Gather to Swap Strategies

Teachers Union Caucuses Gather to Swap Strategies    Gillian Russom and Samantha Winslow August 17, 2017 Labor Notes   With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share strategies for fighting back. That’s the goal of the United Caucuses of Rank-and-File Educators (UCORE), a growing network of locals and caucuses within the teachers unions. United Caucuses of Rank-and-File Educators (UCORE) is a growing national network of locals and caucuses within the teachers unions., Caucus of Working Educators, With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share Read More …

How America Is Failing Native American Students

Punitive discipline, inadequate curriculum, and declining federal funding created an education crisis. By Rebecca Clarren, The Nation, August 14/21 2017  Inside a double-wide trailer on the Warm Springs reservation in central Oregon, nearly two dozen American Indian high-school students sit facing computers, teaching themselves math and history. Rain slaps the roof. Ear buds dangle from one girl’s left ear. Two more students whisper, sharing a joke. Still another student, his face set in a serious expression, stares at the screen before him. The one teacher in the room previously taught third grade; he’s certified to teach high-school continuing education and agricultural Read More …

Message in support of Professor Rabab Abdul Hadi

Professor Rabab Abdul Hadi and the Arab Muslim and Ethnicities Diasporas (AMED) Studies program at San Francisco State University (SFSU) have been the target of a number of attacks by right-wing Zionist organizations over the last year. In June of this year, one such group, the Lawfare Project filed a suit against SFSU in an attempt to intimidate Professor Abdulhadi and other faculty and students who teach, conduct research on, or speak in favor of Palestinian rights. The goal of the lawsuit is to both silence them and extract a punishment in order to further intimidate others as well.   The H-PAD Read More …

170 U.S. medical students graduate from ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine)

Since the first graduation in 2005, to date, over 28,500 medical students from 103 countries have studied and graduated, completely free of charge, from ELAM   ACN | informacion@granma.cu August 2, 2017 The Latin American School of Medicine. One hundred and seventy medical students from the U.S. have graduated in Cuba, thanks to the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), an initiative launched by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro.   Speaking exclusively to the Cuban News Agency (ACN) Zenia Díaz Catalá, director of the ELAM project general secretariat, noted that since the first graduation in 2005, to date, over 28,500 medical students Read More …

The Pentagon Playbook for Recruiting Students

Pat Elder Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Buzzflash/Truthout New recruits have long been required to hold a high school diploma or a GED certificate. This requirement is a major impediment to finding enough soldiers to meet annual targets, but even when struggling students barely manage to graduate, the Pentagon has developed a plan to marshal more of them into the military. The Oregon Department of Education recently endorsed the Oregon National Guard’s Credit Proficiency Program for use in high schools across the state. The program gives juniors and seniors the chance to earn academic credits while training for military service at Read More …

Harvard Administrators Seek to Change NLRB Rules

Before last fall, we asked you to sign a neutrality pledge and call on Harvard’s administration to be neutral in our union election. Thank you once again for standing up for our right to a free, fair election. Now that the Regional Director of the NLRB has ruled that Harvard administrators’ “failure to provide a complete Voter list interfered with the employees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice,” administrators have appealed the Director’s order for a new election all the way to the federal Board in Washington, DC. We need your help again in holding the administration accountable to our community’s Read More …

With Nike Up to Old Tricks, Students and Workers Launch Global Protests

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Labor Notes In February Nike launched its “Equality” campaign, professing its commitment to diversity and inclusion. On July 29, students and workers held a Global Day of Action in 25 cities across 12 countries to tell Nike: we’re not buying it. Workers in garment factories producing Nike apparel say the company’s up to its old tricks, by barring independent inspectors and cutting production from unionized plants. Members of garment worker unions and allies demonstrated in India, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Spain, and eight other countries. In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, members of the SITRASTAR union [1] led Read More …