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Schools push back against Trump’s transgender, immigration stances

Schools push back against Trump’s transgender, immigration stances  Alarmed by President Trump’s increasingly hostile stances on immigration and transgender issues, school officials from at least seven local cities and towns — as well as the state education department — have sent letters home or posted statements. In Needham, Superintendent Dan Gutekanst wrote that “collectively these actions and pronouncements impact us all by sending a message that an individual is not welcome or wanted.” “And that,” Gutekanst wrote, “is simply unacceptable.” To read the full story, visit: www.BostonGlobe.com.

Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Hire Right-Wing Professors

As Republican-dominated state governments push frightening right-wing legislation nationwide, a GOP senator in Iowa joined the fray on Monday with a bill that would force universities to exclusively hire Republican professors and temporarily bar Democrats until “partisan balanced” is reached. The bill, Senate File 288, “could bring about a Soviet-style purge of liberal-leaning college staff in Iowa,” warned Pat Rynard in the local politics blog Iowa Starting Line.  “The obvious impact and purpose of this bill would be to ban Democrats from getting hired anymore at Iowa colleges,” Rynard continued. “If you took a survey right now, it’s highly likely that Iowa Read More …

Youngstown State Adjuncts “Celebrate” 25 Years Without a Raise

    Colleen Flaherty February 22, 2017 Inside Higher Ed   The last time adjunct instructors recieved a wage increase was 25 years ago. They celebrated that long ago event with a party that included a cake. You only turn 25 years without a raise once. That was the idea behind a tongue-in-cheek party adjunct instructors at Youngstown State University threw for themselves this month, to mark a quarter-century without any increase in pay. Yes, there was cake. “My contribution to the event was a ‘then and now’ picture display of what some of the adjunct faculty looked like 25 Read More …

US Libraries Join Struggle to Resist the Trump Administration

  US Libraries Join Struggle to Resist the Trump Administration    Danuta Kean February 21, 2017 The Guardian (UK)   Along with efforts to guide readers to trustworthy information sources, many branches are working to make themselves `sanctuary spaces’ for immigrants. ‘Our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and…resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity,’     Librarians call to quiet discrimination against Trump Administration immigration policies., Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images // The Read More …

CUNY Conference: Global Resistance in the Neoliberal University

As the Professional Staff Congress builds resistance at CUNY to the university of the Trump era (world-wide neofascism, more oppressive every day), we organize under the motto of the anti-slavery militant Henry Highland Garnet. This union conference aims to build international teacher solidarity. Speakers from teacher struggles in South Africa, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Turkey will join their stories to ours and work with us on common problems and radical possibilities. How can we resist adjunctification, privatization, the explosion of student debt, “austerity blues,” race and gender oppression, police repression, the growing drum beat of war and militarization? What Read More …

Shootings at School Follow Trends in the Unemployment Rate

Part of why we struggle to understand school shootings is because there isn’t enough data available about these extremely rare events. A recent study published in Nature Human Behavior describes a carefully curated dataset for US school shootings between 1990-2013, created from existing data and original data sources. In their analysis, the authors of this paper found that the rate of school shootings increased from 2007-2013. They also found data that suggested increased shooting rates were correlated with increases in unemployment rates. This finding indicates that high levels of economic distress may lead to increases in school-related gun violence. Previous research Read More …

It Will be Called Americanism: the US Writers Who Imagined a Fascist Future

  It Will be Called Americanism: the US Writers Who Imagined a Fascist Future    Sarah Churchwell February 3, 2017 The Guardian   From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favourite film, Citizen Kane, US culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism. What can we learn from them?   ‘Trump has said he identifies with Kane’ … Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941), Allstar/RKO,   “To have enslaved America with this hocus-pocus! To have captured the mind of the world’s greatest nation without uttering a single word of truth! Oh, the pleasure we must be affording the Read More …

Worldwide, School Choice Hasn’t Improved Performance

Worldwide, School Choice Hasn’t Improved Performance Henry M. Levin; Steve Hinnefeld January 30, 2017 U.S. News and World Report   Worldwide, rising populism and identity politics are leading to increased demands from families seeking out specific types of schools that mirror their ideologies. In some countries, this has extended to replacing the public system of schools with government vouchers that can be used to pay for private schools – a priority of Betsy DeVos, the nominee for U.S. education secretary. Advocates argue that school choice promotes competition that will improve performance and allow the freedom of choice that will best Read More …

REPOST: UC, CSU faculty send open letter to Trump on climate change

By Robert Sanders via Berkely News (January 31, 2017) Amid rumors that President Donald Trump will soon pull out of the Paris climate agreement that former President Barack Obama signed last year, more than 2,300 faculty from California universities have signed an open letter to the Trump administration calling for sustained action on climate change and urging the president to honor the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the agreement.[…] Read the full letter below: An Open Letter to President Donald Trump and His Administration We the undersigned are calling on you, in the most urgent terms Read More …