2018-09-08: News Headlines

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-08). Prisoners Strike Across America & Canada to End Penal Enslavement. therealnews.com Prisoners Across US & Canada go on hunger and work strike to protest no wages/low wages, end of solitary confinement, for education programs & an end to mass incarceration

Suzanne Bohan (2018-09-08). Let's Heal Kids, Not Harden Schools. progressive.org Betsy DeVos has proposed to make federal funding available for schools to purchase weapons. But the proliferation of guns will not curb violence in schools.

wsws (2018-09-08). Reject the sellout in Seattle! For a statewide and national teachers strike! wsws.org The WSWS Teacher Newsletter urges Seattle teachers meeting today to vote "no" and immediately constitute themselves as an independent rank-and-file committee to plan a serious struggle.

splcenter (2018-09-07). SPLC: Florida Supreme Court's decision to remove misleading ballot measure on education is a 'victory for schoolchildren'. splcenter.org The Florida Supreme Court today affirmed a lower court's ruling to strike a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have eliminated local school boards' exclusive duty to regulate some new public schools — including charter schools — from the ballot.

aclu (2018-09-07). Can the Wall Between Church and State Survive Brett Kavanaugh? aclu.org The Supreme Court nominee's testimony this week signals an intent to weaken the separation of church and state. | Public schools are educational institutions, not temples of religious indoctrination. For over half a century, the Supreme Court has thus recognized that the Constitution prohibits public schools from imposing prayer on children and that religious education is the province of parents and religious communities, not government bureaucrats. | On Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, however, strongly suggested that he disagrees and that, if confirmed, he will vote to weaken the separation of…

Janine Jackson (2018-09-07). 'Punitive Discipline Policies Have Proven to Be Destructive to Children'. fair.org CBS News ( 8/14/18) | Janine Jackson: Nothing says America 2018 like a spate of stories on how back-to-school shopping includes bulletproof backpacks. Arming teachers and gearing kids up like commandos are presented as more-or-less reasonable responses to concerns about school safety. | Any violence in schools is too much, of course, but a conversation about school safety that's focused on guns and bullets is a narrow and distorted conversation. Recasting our definition of a "safe school environment" could lead us in some very different directions. | Karen Dolan is director of the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and co-author, with Ebony Slaughter-Johnson and Myacah Sampson, of the recent report Students Under Siege: How the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Poverty and Racism Endanger Our Schoolchildren. She joins us now by phone…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-07). Economy Adds 201,000 Jobs in August, Unemployment Steady at 3.9 Percent. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 201,000 jobs in August; although downward revisions of 50,000 to the prior two months' data brought the three-month average to 185,000. The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, but the overall employment-to-population (EPOP) fell by 0.2 percentage points to 60.3 percent. | This 0.2 percentage point drop also showed up for prime-age workers (ages 25 to 54), although the EPOP for prime-age workers is still 0.9 percentage points above its year-ago level. For men, the year-over-year increase is 1.1 percentage points, while for women it is 0.8 percent. In both cases, EPOPs remain below prerecession peaks and well below the peaks hit in 2000. | Perhaps the most encouraging news in the report is evidence of a modest acceleration in wage growth. The average hourly wage increased by 2.9 percent over the last year.

wsws (2018-09-07). Striking Tacoma, Washington, teachers demand better pay, funding for education. wsws.org On Thursday, teachers in Tacoma joined thousands of striking teachers throughout the state of Washington as the unions work to contain and isolate the struggles in each district.

Jeff Bryant (2018-09-06). In Louisville, a Web of Private Interests Conspire to Expand Charter Schools. progressive.org Members of the Kentucky Board of Education have allied with corporate interests to privatize education, including involvement in potential real estate deals.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-06). Los Angeles Teachers Prepare to Strike: An Organizing Drive Long in the Making. therealnews.com LA teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, should contract negotiations fail. Each side accusing the other of illegal tactics. However, teachers say this is not mainly about wages, but about improving children's education. Jane McAlevey explains

wsws (2018-09-06). Only three percent of students have received Governor Cuomo's "free tuition" scholarship. wsws.org Despite the fact that the SUNY and CUNY systems are the second and third largest public higher education systems in the United States, with about 700,000 students in all, fewer than 21,000 Excelsior Scholarships were awarded last academic year.

wsws (2018-09-06). Tacoma teachers strike as walkouts spread across Washington. wsws.org School officials in three districts threatened disciplinary action against striking teachers while educators in Tacoma joined walkouts in 10 other districts Thursday.

RT (2018-09-06). US billionaire Richard DeVos, Amway co-founder and Orlando Magic owner, dies at 92. rt.com American billionaire Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic basketball team and father-in-law of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has died at the age of 92.

Consortiumnews (2018-09-05). Plutocracy Now! consortiumnews.com The United States today qualifies as a plutocracy — on a number of grounds, and it is having a profound impact on the media, education and think tanks—indeed on the whole of society, says Michael Brenner. By Michael Brenner Plutocracy… Read more →

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). Does Hogan's Schools Rhetoric Match his Track Record? therealnews.com Some Democrats say Larry Hogan is taking credit for their educational accomplishments, but will either candidate's policy be transformational for public schools?

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-04). Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partners with Discovery Education to launch new education program. therealnews.com Khalilah Harris and Kerry Kennedy discuss RFK Human Rights' launch of the Speak Truth To Power education initiative; engaging young people in schools to be aware of and take action on global human rights issues; and, the need to support teachers with the right tools and resources to be effective in the classroom

RT (2018-09-04). No more science for you: Liquid nitrogen experiment fail caught on camera (VIDEO). rt.com The Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas is beloved by locals and known for its hands-on approach to science education. However, things got a little out of hand at a recent event combining magic and science.

Don Weimer (2018-08-31). What Educators Can Do to Make College More Affordable. progressive.org It's not just tuition—the cost of textbooks and other curricular materials is unnecessarily high.

Jesse Hagopian (2018-08-31). Seattle Teachers Poised to Strike Draw Solidarity from Their Brothers and Sisters In Puerto Rico. progressive.org To prepare for what we are likely to face in our struggle for a just contract, Seattle educators recently organized a panel that included a representative from the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers.

Paul Dobson (2018-08-30). Venezuela Denounces Regional Anti-Migrant 'Xenophobia' as Brazil Militarises Border. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro administration contrasted the recent attacks against Venezuelan migrants to its own open door policy which has seen foreigners benefit from free health, housing, education, and food programs.

John Thompson (2018-08-30). Oklahoma Teachers Must Stay Unified to Overcome Janus and Union-Bashers. progressive.org Oklahoma teachers face the litmus test of whether to reinvigorate—or reinvent—their union.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-30). Headlines for August 30, 2018. democracynow.org "We Did a Fantastic Job": Trump Praises His Handling of Puerto Rico Despite 3,000 Deaths, Report: Trump Administration Jailing Passport Applicants with U.S. Birth Certificates, Betsy DeVos Prepares to Rewrite Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies, Baylor University Accused of Infiltrating Sexual Assault Support Groups, Texas Police Officer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Fatally Shooting Black Teenager, California Lawmakers Push for State to Go Carbon-Free by 2045, Trump on Twitter Announced Donald McGahn Leaving White House Counsel Post, Florida GOP Candidate for Governor Said Black Opponent Andrew Gillum Will "

Democracy Now! (2018-08-29). Books, Not Magazines: Outcry Grows over DeVos Plan to Divert Federal Funds For Guns in Schools. democracynow.org Pressure is growing for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reject plans to grant federal funds to states to purchase firearms for teachers and school employees. The proposal comes after requests from Oklahoma, Texas and other states to train and arm school marshals. DeVos's plan would use federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to pay for firearms and to train educators in their use, and would reverse long-standing federal policy prohibiting federal funds for arming educators. We speak with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Adam Skaggs, chief Counsel at the Gif…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-29). Top Student Loan Watchdog Resigns over Trump Admin Doing Bidding of Predatory Lenders. democracynow.org As the school year begins this week across the United States, the top student loan watchdog has resigned in protest, accusing the Trump administration of siding with powerful predatory lenders over student loan borrowers. Seth Frotman worked as student loan ombudsman under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, Mick Mulvaney. He wrote that under Mulvaney's leadership, "the Bureau has abandoned the very consumers it is tasked by Congress with protecting." This comes as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed new rules that would cut an estimated $13 billion in federal student loan relief for peopl…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-29). Headlines for August 29, 2018. democracynow.org Puerto Rico Increases Hurricane Death Toll to 2,975, Andrew Gillum, a Black Progressive Backed by Bernie Sanders, Wins Florida Gubernatorial Primary, Trump-Backed Martha McSally Wins Arizona GOP Senate Primary, Trump Warns of "Violence" If Democrats Win Control of Congress, Texas Police Officer Convicted for Killing 15-Year-Old African-American Student, Teachers in Washington State Begin Strike, U.N. Secretary-General: Report on Genocide Targeting Rohingya Needs Serious Consideration, India Carries Out Raids Arresting Critics of Modi Government, France's Environment Minister Resigns On-Air over Climate Change, De…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-29). Puerto Rico Raises Official Death Toll to Nearly 3,000 as First Anniv. of Hurricane Maria Approaches. democracynow.org Puerto Rico officially raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria last year from 64 to nearly 3,000 following the release of a study ordered by the governor of the island. This officially makes Maria one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. We get response from Democracy Now! co-host Juan González and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Regan Farley (2018-08-28). Real Housewives Skit Dishonors Legacy of Civil Rights Icons. naacp.org Baltimore, MD — The nation's leading civil rights organization is denouncing a recent parody which depicts several Civil Rights leaders in a vulgar and inappropriate manner. "As we commemorate the March on Washington, we must remain vigilant in educating those who may not understand the impact the leading women of the Civil Rights Movement had on our […]

Rann Miller (2018-08-17). In DeVos's Home State, Students Push for their Right to Literacy. progressive.org Literacy has been, and continues to be, a critical component of African-American liberation.

Sarah Jaffe (2018-08-15). Continuing the Teachers' Fight in West Virginia. progressive.org The West Virginia teachers won a raise, but the biggest fight, says Rebecca Diamond, teacher and member of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, is still ongoing.

Peter Greene (2018-08-14). What the 'Sensible Middle' Doesn't Get About Education. progressive.org There is no middle between facts and the story that the earth is flat.

pacbi (2018-08-10). Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite. bdsmovement.net Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite: AnalysisThree recent events in Israel's largest universities demonstrate academic and security institutions are actually increasing their cooperation. | Academic BoycottJuly 23, 2018 | By: | | Shir Hever

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