50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?
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50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?

As we honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, we reflect on the powerful words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his most prophetic and radical: “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Investing in schools creates twice as many jobs as military spending
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Video of the Day: Investing in schools creates twice as many jobs as military spending

Say what? UMass economist Bob Pollin argues against “austerity” and heightened militarism, saying that education is by far the better investment. “Spending on education is one of the best ways to create jobs, and it’s maybe the best way insofar as we already have an infrastructure in place called the system of public education at … Continue reading

Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform
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Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform

What is behind the attacks on public education and what do they mean for us as parents? Watch Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union break down the corporate ed reform movement and how teachers and parents need to build alliances to fight back and save our schools. Lewis spoke on Saturday to the … Continue reading

“Caring for Public Schools, Caring for Democracy”
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“Caring for Public Schools, Caring for Democracy”

Against a backdrop of unprecedented school closings and public ed disinvestment in Philadelphia, journalist and author Barbara Miner will be in town Thursday to share wisdom and hope for our schools’ future from her new book “Lessons from the Heartland: A turbulent half century of public education in an iconic American city.” The event and … Continue reading

Must watch video: When private interests dictate public policy
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Must watch video: When private interests dictate public policy

Sabrina Stevens, AKA Teacher Sabrina, crashes a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which has promoted controversial laws nationwide like Parent Trigger and Stand Your Ground. What she says next speaks exactly to a host of situations in Philadelphia including the Boston Consulting Group: “I see a a majority of private sector members … Continue reading