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  • Foreign and U.S. students are opposing a new university fee that funds a government tracking system to watch them, known as SEVIS–basically charging students for their own surveillance. We speak with students at two universities who have taken direct, grassroots actions to oppose the fee. [Includes rush transcript]
    Mar 30, 2004 | Story
  • After Neil Bush was banned from banking activities for his role in the Savings and Loan scandal in the late 1980s, he decided to bank on education and founded Ignite Incorporated. Ignite sells software to help students prepare to take comprehensive tests required under the No Child Left Behind act that was pushed through by Neil’s older brother–President Bush. [includes transcript]
    Mar 12, 2004 | Story
  • The Bush administration’s aggressive support of school vouchers, the so-called faith-based initiative and the No Child Left Behind Act has drawn criticism from teachers unions across the country. We host a debate between Stan Karp, editor of the newspaper Rethinking Schools and a longtime school teacher and Howard Fuller, the chair of the Board of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and professor at Marquette University. [includes...
    Mar 12, 2004 | Story
  • There is a little known provision in the "No Child Left Behind Act" which requires public high schools to release student contact information to military recruiters. But is there a link between signing up for the SAT, and attracting the interest of the military because of the way the information is distributed? Worried about the prospect of war with Iraq, Youth Radio’s AJ Herrmann decided to investigate and sent us this story.
    Mar 12, 2003 | Story
  • An article in the current issue of Mother Jones magazine goes something like this:

    The principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont, Sharon Shea-Keneally, was shocked when she received a letter in May from military recruiters. The letter demanded a list of all her students, including names, addresses, and phone numbers.

    Nov 13, 2002 | Story
  • The article begins like this:

    “Several hundred teenagers dressed in patent leather shoes and crisp green U.S. Army uniforms are greeting andbackslapping each other in the crowded school hallway. Suddenly, a drum corps thunders to life, and the studentshustle into a cavernous hall, where they snap to attention. Chests out, butts in, chins up, and right hands thatsmack their foreheads in simultaneous salute. Stone-faced student "commanders"...

    Dec 28, 2001 | Story
  • Parents of nearly 5,000 children at five of New York City poorest pubic schools began casting ballots this week in atwo-week election that will decide the immediate future of school privatization in New York City. Edison SchoolsInc., the country’s largest private operator of public schools, must obtain the approval of the parents of more than50% of the children at each school to win the right to manage that school.
    Mar 23, 2001 | Story
  • A New York State Supreme Court judge last week declared that the state’s method of financing public schools isillegal. Judge Leland Degrasse wrote that the spending formula deprives New York City students of a sound, basiceducation’ guaranteed by the state’s constitution. And by disproportionately hurting minority students, the systemviolates federal civil rights laws.
    Jan 15, 2001 | Story
  • The Senate appeared set to give easy approval to Education Secretary-nominee Rod Paige yesterday as Paige won the support of both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee.
    Jan 11, 2001 | Story
  • As children around the country head back to school, there are growing concerns that their classrooms may now be laboratories for corporate backed market research. With ATM and Coca-Cola machines in the hall ways, text books using products like Gatorade, Sega and Nike to teach kids how to add and free computers in the classroom courtesy of companies like Microsoft or Toshiba, it seems that even in school there is no escaping the corporate marketers.
    Sep 18, 2000 | Story