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  • We get Rev. Jackson’s reaction to Attorney General Eric Holder’s branding of the US as a "nation of cowards," a comment that drew a rebuke from President Obama. Rev. Jackson also talks about Obama’s plans to boost support for charter schools and his thoughts on the ongoing controversy surrounding Illinois Senator Roland Burris. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 12, 2009 | Story
  • As chief executive officer of the Chicago public school system, the third largest in the country, Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan expanded charter schools and launched a performance pay plan for teachers. Duncan was seen as a compromise pick between progressive and conservative education advocates. We speak to Michael Klonsky, professor of education and longtime school reform activist in Chicago, and Deborah Meier, a well-known teacher,...
    Dec 18, 2008 | Story
  • It’s a major victory for the forty-two-year-old Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico, or FMPR. It was Puerto Rico’s largest union, representing over 40,000 teachers. But earlier this year, after many months of trying to negotiate with the governor, the FMPR was decertified over its refusal to comply with a ban on strikes by public employees. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 27, 2008 | Story
  • A story involving an Army recruiter in Texas last week has led to a bipartisan call for an investigation. The recruiter from the Greenspoint Recruiting Station in Houston was suspended after a recording of his threats aired on a local TV station. The recruiter, Sgt. Glenn Marquette, warned eighteen-year-old Irving Gonzalez that he would be sent to jail if he decided to go to college instead of joining the military, even though Gonzalez had signed...
    Aug 06, 2008 | Story
  • We look at two cases of free speech in the classroom: Karen Salazar speaks out about her dismissal from the Los Angeles School District; historian Rodolfo Acuna discusses the Arizona bill that would ban schools from using some books, including Acuna’s Occupied America: A History of Chicanos. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 18, 2008 | Story
  • Debbie Almontaser was forced to step down in August 2007 as the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran School, New York City’s first public school dedicated to the study of Arabic language and culture. Her resignation followed a rightwing campaign that painted her as an educator with a militant Islamic agenda. In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Debbie Almontaser joins us in her first national broadcast interview since stepping down and suing the...
    Apr 29, 2008 | Story
  • Celebrations are being prepared in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the 50th anniversary of one of the pivotal events of the civil rights era. In September 1957, three years after the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, a group of African-American students attempted to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock. They were escorted into the school by armed National Guard after local authorities vowed to...
    Sep 20, 2007 | Story
  • While many in New Orleans have waited two years for recovery, the restructuring of its schools seemed to happen overnight. Not long after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans two years ago, the Louisiana Legislature cleared the way for the state to assume control of 107 out of 128 schools in the Orleans district. The state began immediately converting its newly acquired schools to charter schools. We speak with Nat LaCour of the American Federation...
    Aug 30, 2007 | Story
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  • The principal of New York City’s first public school dedicated to the study of Arabic language and culture resigned under pressure after she was quoted explaining that the word "intifada" literally means "shaking off" in Arabic. Debbie Almontaser’s remarks were in response to a question over the phrase "Intifada NYC," that was printed on T-shirts sold by AWAAM, a Brooklyn-based girl’s empowerment...
    Aug 13, 2007 | Story