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  • Waiting-for-superman
    Waiting for Superman, a new documentary by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, has caused a stir in the education world for its sweeping endorsement of the charter school movement and attack on teachers unions. President Obama has endorsed the film, describing it as "heartbreaking" and "powerful," but some teachers have called for a boycott of the film for its portrayal of teachers and the teachers union. We speak to Rick Ayers,...
    Oct 01, 2010 | Story
  • Whittier
    A preliminary deal has been reached between Chicago Public Schools and a group of parents who have occupied a field house at Whittier Elementary School for thirty-seven days to prevent its demolition. The Chicago Public Schools have agreed to build a library and scrap plans to demolish the field house and lease it to the local parents’ association instead. We get a report from Democracy Now!’s Jaisal Noor and speak to Chicago...
    Oct 21, 2010 | Story
  • _america_schools_juan
    In his latest column, Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez says New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s plan to release 12,000 teacher data reports will unfairly tarnish city teachers. Klein’s ratings system, Gonzalez writes, "is one dimensional, the raw data is unverified, and even the people who designed it warned against using it as a sole barometer of teacher performance." [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 22, 2010 | Story
  • You could tell the Joel Klein era was ending long before Mayor Bloomberg made it official on Tuesday.
    Nov 10, 2010 | News
  • Ukprotests
    An estimated 52,000 students took to the streets of London on Tuesday to protest government plans to increase university tuition fees while cutting higher education funding by 40 percent. The demonstration was one of the biggest student protests in decades and the largest turnout against the British government’s austerity measures that were announced last month. We speak with Johann Hari, a columnist for the London Independent. [includes...
    Nov 11, 2010 | Story
  • Klein-black
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shocked many in the city by tapping Cathleen Black, a wealthy media executive with no background in education, to run the city’s school system—the largest in the country. Black will replace Joel Klein, who announced he is resigning to take a job at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 11, 2010 | Story
  • Nichols_lutes_play
    Recently elected Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker has proposed a bill that would eliminate almost all collective bargaining rights for most public workers and slash their pay and benefits. Walker has also notified the state’s National Guard to be on alert for actions taken by unsatisfied state, county and municipal employees. On Monday, hundreds of protesters marched on the State Capitol in Madison, with more protests being planned....
    Feb 15, 2011 | Story
  • Puerto-rico
    Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño has begun withdrawing the police occupation of the main University of Puerto Rico campus in San Juan after two months. SWAT teams and riot squads took over the campus in December following a massive student strike against fee hikes and privatization. Hundreds of students have been arrested, and some have reported being beaten, including sexually harassed and tortured, in the ensuing crackdown. Democracy Now!...
    Feb 17, 2011 | Story
  • Wisc
    Some 30,000 students and public sector workers rallied at the Wisconsin Statehouse in Madison Thursday to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to eliminate almost all their collective bargaining rights and slash pay and benefits. Public schools in Madison are closed for a third day in a row today as teachers continue to protest. A vote on the measure was delayed after Democratic senators refused to show up and fled the state —...
    Feb 18, 2011 | Story
  • Hs_student-1
    Hundreds of high school students in Idaho have walked out of classes to protest a plan to lay off public school teachers and curtail their collective bargaining rights. We speak to student activist Jonny Saunders of Timberline High School in Boise. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 02, 2011 | Story