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Governor Mark Dayton

Amidst a wave of teacher strikes and union-government showdowns, Minnesota’s progressive leader tries a different tack. more

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Mercedes Martinez, President of the Teachers Federation, describes how thousands of people protested austerity measures that would close nearly 300 schools and lay off 7,000 teachers—and how the police were ready for them. more

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Bram Pitoyo

In Michigan, as elsewhere, a dramatic teacher shortage was entirely preventable. Now, special interests hope to profit from “fixing” it. more

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Washington State has been saying no to charter schools for over a decade. But advocates continue to push the issue, sometimes in devious ways. more

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USAF / Saphfire Cook

The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal. more

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Wesley Fryer

Teachers are challenging a decades-long nationwide conservative campaign to shrink government. more

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Pete Souza (white house archives)

Obama-era policies forced schools to deal with racism in their disciplinary practices. Now the Team Trump wants to scrap those measures. more

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Whether the focus is gun violence or racist public policies, people are collectively recognizing how we currently put the lives of our children at risk—some children more than others. more

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

The candidate for New York governor and former Sex and the City actor is a longtime public education advocate, and isn’t afraid to point out Cuomo’s pattern of underfunding schools. more

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Larry Smith

Oklahoma teachers now have national attention as they march to the state capital to demand better working and learning environments for students and teachers alike. more

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Vince Reinhart

Theoretical children are useful: they are predictable and generalizable. They lend themselves easily to political agenda. But theoretical children don’t exist. more

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Daphne Zaras

While the state has cut taxes on oil, state employees have not received an across-the-board pay raise in twelve years. more

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The Schott Foundation is offering a seismic shift in how policy makers, philanthropists and the general public can create better schools. more

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Gage Skidmore

Betsy DeVos doesn't care about how charters and vouchers are performing, because there is no place for public education in her worldview or political agenda. more

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As a past union president, I know there’s nothing teachers would rather do less than strike. Getting a majority of them to do so is really, really hard. more

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What would it mean for black students to sit in a classroom knowing their teacher was armed? more

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Success Academy

If granted, this would allow teachers to transfer from a charter into any public school statewide, avoiding current degree and certification requirements. And that’s not good for students. more

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Joseph Gruber

Real change will require adults to step in too, and intersectional organizing for the safety of all students. more

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Author Linda Nathan worries that well-meaning educators who say every student can go to college are doing more harm than good. more

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Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

Fostering pride in one’s own achievement is worthwhile, but pursuing it in isolation of the gospel of the black freedom struggle is like building on quicksand. more

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