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Media Misses the Mark—Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems

For Immediate Release Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:15 PM DETROIT, Michigan - Three significant mainstream media outlets recently published editorials that acknowledge that emergency managers appointed by Governor Snyder clearly made the ill-fated decisions that resulted in the poisoning of Flint’s water supply [...]

State School Takeovers Steal Democracy, Ignore Poverty

By Jan Resseger | Originally Published at janresseger. August 19, 2015< | Photographic Credit; It's time to attend to Concentrated Poverty, Democracy, and Education. The takeover of the public schools in New Orleans followed a natural catastrophe, the destruction of the city by Hurricane Katrina and the [...]

State Governments Continue An Assault On Public Schools

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. July 9, 2015 1:27 PM | Photographic Credit; Increasingly, schools like Primitivo Garcia Elementary School, pictured here, suffer underfunding from state and federal sources, affecting the quality of education children receive. | File photo The Kansas City [...]

The Tenth Anniversary of Katrina — An Ideal Time for a Congressional Hearing on the Use of Federal Funds?

By Willie M. Zanders, Sr. | Originally Published at New Orleans Public Schools Employees Justice. May 18, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Original Plaintiffs and Class Representatives / A Square Photo New Orleans Public School Employees Will Request a Congressional Hearing on the $750 Million Federal Fund to [...]

One Term Rahm: Talking Back to the Times about Chicago School Closings

Today’s New York Times tries its hand at explaining why on earth something as silly as neighborhood public schools could bedevil Rahm Emanuel right out of his incumbent throne as Mayor of Chicago. My home is on Chicago’s South Side, on a street full of cops [...]

Is This The End of Education Austerity?

For years, states have cut education spending and put policies in place that left our schools and students "failing." Recently, contentious reelection races often included criticism of budget cuts and reduced education spending. It would seem that some Conservative Republican Governors have begun to get the message; [...]

All the Chicago Mayoral Candidates Are Getting It Wrong: We Don’t Need More Cops

The only real solution to reducing violence is reducing inequality. By Andy Thayer | Originally Published at In These Times. January 23, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Erin Nekervis / Flickr [ For decades, every Chicago mayoral election has featured calls more for hiring more cops. Emanuel and [...]