California’s $15 Minimum Wage Earthquake!

Posted August 16, 2016 by Martin J. Bennett

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation boosting California’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour — a 50 percent increase that made the state’s minimum wage the highest in the nation. The hike will be phased in over six
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Saint Dorothy Day?

Posted October 6, 2015 by Peter Dreier

In his speech to Congress, Pope Francis praised Dorothy Day — along with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Merton — as one of four “representatives of the American people” whom he admired. Pope Francis was probably the
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The Failure of Charter Schools

Posted October 5, 2015 by Donald Cohen

Last week, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released striking data about the rapid turnover of charter schools. CMD’s state-by-state list of closed charters shows that, since 2000, these schools have failed at a much higher rate than traditional
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Forced Arbitration Stacks Deck Against Workers

Posted June 25, 2015 by Steve Smith

When you start a new job, you expect to fill out a pile of paperwork relating to your employment. What you don’t expect is for your boss to slip in a document that effectively nullifies your rights as a worker
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The Problem With School Boards

Posted June 18, 2015 by Mat Catastrophe

In the last couple of weeks, two stories floated into my periphery that, when taken together, begin to paint a solidly depressing picture of where we’re headed as a country. They deal with our public schools (or, perhaps, what is
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Expand Water Access in SF Schools

Posted June 26, 2014 by Matt Haney and Supervisor Eric Mar

Remember those traditional white school water fountains, often a bit dirty or unappealing, and never dispensing quite enough cold water to fully quench your thirst? Well, in the majority of schools in San Francisco, those are still the norm. Ask
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