Samantha Winslow

Here's how the controversial Common Core standards, pushed by the Gates Foundation and now in force in 45 states, are affecting day-to-day work in the classroom.

Harris v. Quinn has struck down agency fees for Illinois's home care union, finding the workers to be only "quasi-public employees." The ruling sets the stage for future challenges to dues requirements in the rest of the public sector.

Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education

As an antidote to the “grow grow grow” mentality of the elected officials and business leaders pushing charter schools, a recent report by University of Oregon professor and political economist Gordon Lafer outlines what’s wrong with privatization of public schools.

The report, titled Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, focuses on the model of Rocketship, a national charter elementary school organization that hopes to expand its Milwaukee footprint to eight schools by 2018.

The new statewide president of the 110,000-member Massachusetts teachers’ union made her name leading a standardized test boycott.

Fix Schools First, Say Charter Teachers

Charter school teachers in Philadelphia are speaking out against their employer taking over another school while ignoring teachers at existing schools.

Instead of supporting management’s expansion plans, they’re making common cause with parents at the targeted school, Luis Muñoz-Marín Elementary. The teachers want to unionize in the charter teacher local of the AFT.

Transit Irony: The More You Rely on It, the More They Cut

On one side of town, tourists and young professionals head downtown on light rail: clean, air-conditioned, fast. If there’s a problem with service, the city diverts buses to help.

On the other side of town, workers wait at bus stops. The buses that carry them to work come less and less frequently, thanks to service cuts. Drivers struggle to get through their routes in less time.

A slate of activists bidding to head the nation's second-largest teachers local say the union should fight for better schools, not just a raise.

Charters Get Kids Cubicle-Ready

From Silicon Valley, the Rocketship chain of charter schools is hoping to expand across the country. It’s backed by some of the biggest names in the tech world and claims high test scores.

Rocketship leaders brag that they think outside the box. Teachers, for instance—who needs them? The company says it saves half a million dollars a year by using fewer teachers, replacing them with non-certified instructors at $15 per hour.

Teachers and students say the Los Angeles school district’s plan to distribute iPads to every student is a way to increase standardized testing.

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