Labor & Education

When we don't "see" race and class divisions in our communities, it becomes impossible to see how deep structural inequities play out in the education of the nation's youth. (Image: flickr / cc / cortonflow)

Back To Schools White People Cannot See

Posted August 22, 2014 by Jeff Bryant

As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools – the kind of consciousness-raising that can be brought about when there’s a shock to the system like Ferguson, Missouri.
Of the
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Chicago Students Union organizes press conference and march to demand a democratic Board of Education and an end to school closures

‘Whose Schools? Our Schools’: Chicago Students Rise Up

Posted August 19, 2014 by Sarah Lazare

Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city’s Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of
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Michelle Rhee Failed By Her Own Standards

D.C. School Test Results: Rhee Gets “F”

Posted August 8, 2014 by Bernie Horn

If this isn’t failure, what is?
The latest results of the DC-CAS, the District of Columbia’s high-stakes standardized test, show that the percentage of public school students judged “proficient” or better in reading has declined over the past five years
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Education won’t improve job prospects if employers like Starbucks keep making jobs more precarious. Photo: 15 NOW.

Get a Degree at Starbucks

Posted August 5, 2014 by Samantha Winslow

Seems like every day we’re confronted with another study showing how much a college degree increases your earning power and career potential.
So when Starbucks announced it would help employees get four-year degrees, media praised the company’s altruism.
Few looked
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Ronald McDonald Has No Place in Schools

Posted July 31, 2014 by Casey Hinds

In May I attended McDonald’s Annual Shareholder Meeting and spoke out against them using schools to market fast food to kids. I was flabbergasted when the CEO told me Ronald McDonald does not make appearances in schools and immediately thought of
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Are Home-Packed Lunches Less Nutritious?

Posted July 30, 2014 by Bettina Elias Siegel

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (subscription only) finds that home-packed lunches are nutritionally lacking, as compared to school food.
As summarized by Reuters, the study’s researchers peered into the lunch boxes of 626 third
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School Choice and the New Segregation

Posted July 29, 2014 by Diane Ravitch

The Chicago choice system works exactly as every choice system works: It segregates students by ability.
“But a new WBEZ analysis shows an unintended consequence of the choice system: students of different achievement levels are being sorted into separate high
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