Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Suspend Strike

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 4:05 pm

The Chicago Teachers Union has agreed to suspend its seven-day strike and return to work. Classes will resume for more than 350,000 students on Wednesday. This does not mean they have agreed to the contract submitted by the Chicago Public Schools, only that they will complete the strike action, while reserving the right to walk [...]

Sources: Tentative Agreement in Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:06 pm

The Chicago Tribune reports that a tentative deal has been reached in the teachers strike that would resume classes as early as Monday for 350,000 students. The union’s House of Delegates will review the proposal at a meeting this afternoon and is likely to vote to end the five-day-old teachers strike on Sunday after final [...]

Corporate-Led Education Reform Movement Ignores Solvable Problems to Carry Out Its Agenda

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 9:06 am

One thing you never hear in the education debate, dominated by those persistently shrieking that schools “are in crisis,” is an appeal to the actual data surrounding school performance. The statistics are pretty clear that American students have exceeded their performance over a 30-year period, and that’s true if you control for various populations, both [...]

As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 6:17 am

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has twisted the knife just a bit more in an attempt to draw out President Obama on the Chicago Teachers Union strike, now entering its second day. He told a fundraiser in Portland, OR yesterday that he endorsed the position in the strike of the former chief of staff of [...]

Probation as a Revenue Scheme for Cash-Strapped States

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:10 am

If you liked for-profit prisons pushing tougher sentencing and leading to a sharp increase in the warehousing of US citizens, then you’ll love for-profit probation: Three years ago, Gina Ray, who is now 31 and unemployed, was fined $179 for speeding. She failed to show up at court (she says the ticket bore the wrong [...]

Romney Offers Support to Ryan Plan to End Medicare

By: Friday December 9, 2011 8:55 am

This salvo from a Romney-linked Super PAC includes the charge that Newt Gingrich supported a health insurance mandate they call “the centerpiece of Obamacare.” The fact that it was also the centerpiece of Romneycare doesn’t appear in the advertisement. But Romney, now the underdog for the GOP nomination, has to scrap back by attacking Gingrich [...]

Everything’s Coming Up Galveston: Conservatives Push Private Account Plan from Texas Community

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 11:39 am

I see that fans of privatizing Social Security have moved away from touting the policy of murderous dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile. The buzzword is now “Galveston.” In the late 1970s, county employees in Galveston, Tex., made an unusual and risky decision that they thought would help secure their financial future. They took advantage of [...]

The Privatization of War in Somalia

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 1:30 pm

Buried in with today’s news was this story about one of our secret wars, this time in Somalia. It appears that now we’re using African proxies to fight Al Shabab there. Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in [...]

ALEC – The Organization Rewriting State Laws Across the Country

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 11:53 am

Since the 2010 election, conservative legislatures in practically every state have almost immediately plunked down a spate of bills with a very unified focus, attacking unions, Planned Parenthood, and cherished social programs. If you have wondered about the shelf where all this legislation sits and waits for conservatives to marshal their numbers, it’s located at [...]

Greece Survives the Summer, Prognosis for Future Not So Hot

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 1:51 pm

European finance ministers agreed to extend more money to Greece yesterday, after the Greeks fulfilled their end of the bargain by passing a severe austerity and privatization package amid mass protests. The finance ministers extended the 8.7 billion euro ($12.6 billion) loan, which added to the 3.3 billion euro loan from the IMF will get [...]

Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Package

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 7:35 am

The Greek Parliament passed a second round of austerity measures today, amid mass protests outside the Parliament building. The protests include extending taxes to minimum wage workers, cutting government employee salaries, along with other spending cuts. The ruling Greek Socialists voted virtually en masse for the measure, securing a 155-138 vote. Just one Socialist, Panayiotis [...]

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