The Other Side Of School Safety

By Rebecca Klein, HuffPost. -

Jalijah Jones, then a freshman at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan, remembers the punch of thousands of volts hitting his slight frame. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, [...]

Striking Teachers Beat Back Neoliberalism’s War On Public Schools

By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout.org -

Thousands of teachers and students are walking out of schools, marching in the streets, and raising their hands and signs in protest against the war on education. Most recently, South Carolina [...]

The Corporate Plan To Groom U.S. Kids For Servitude By Wiping Out Public Schools

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, Alternet.org -

West Virginia’s public school teachers had endured years of low pay, inadequate insurance, giant class sizes, and increasingly unlivable conditions—including attempts to force them to record [...]

To Save Chicago Public Schools, We Need A New Education Summit

C Tocci, Medium.com -

Imagine 500 parents and educators in the UIC Forum cheering on the mayor as he announces a new future for Chicago Public Schools. I can’t. I am the parent of a CPS student as well as an education [...]

Myths About Teachers: We Need More Police In Our Public Schools

By Bill Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers, Kzoo.edu -

Public schools are plagued by gangs and fighting, assault and battery, drug dealing, and other criminal behavior, including, in extreme instances, actual shoot-outs between students. All of these [...]

Baltimore’s Apartheid Schools: Students Forced To Sit In 40 Degree Classrooms

By Thandisizwe Chimurenga, MintPress News -

Baltimore, MD - Usually people – especially children – look forward to snowy days. In addition to building snow creatures and throwing snowballs, it sometimes means no school. Usually. But not in [...]

Christmas Angels

By Michelle Gunderson, livingindialogue.com -

Ten years ago I was teaching music in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Many of our children were impoverished and over 30 languages were spoken in our school. I had 847 students. I did not [...]

How Closing Public Schools Undermines Democracy

By Jennifer Berkshire, alternet.org -

By Jennifer Berkshire for AlterNet - Jennifer Berkshire: There's been a lot of attention paid to how students who attended the schools Chicago closed down in 2013 are faring now. But you've been [...]

Meeting Needs Of Homeless Youth: Public Schools vs. Government

By Eleanor J. Bader, www.truth-out.org -

By Eleanor J. Bader for Truthout - Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent of schools in Jennings, Missouri, is a humble man. But when he speaks of his school district as "a lighthouse for informed [...]

Despite Evidence They Hurt Children, Trump Touts School Vouchers

By Nadia Prupis, -

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams. Trump's visit comes amid a growing body of evidence that vouchers harm the students who receive them. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a report this [...]

Detroit Public Schools Shut With Teachers In ‘Sickout’ Over Pay

By Barbara Goldberg, www.reuters.com -

By Barbara Goldberg for Reuters - Detroit Public Schools closed nearly all of its 97 schools on Monday as hundreds of teachers called in sick to protest the cash-strapped city’s revelation that [...]

Lead Discovery Forces Water Ban In Newark Public Schools

By Nika Knight, www.commondreams.org -

By Nika Knight for Common Dreams - Public schools in Newark, New Jersey, were forced to shut off water fountains on Wednesday after test results showed high levels of lead in the water supply. [...]

Netflix Billionaire To Replace Teachers With Computers

By Steven Rosenfeld, www.alternet.org -

By Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet - When pondering the best way to transform and improve America’s K-12 public schools, do the ideas that first come to mind include: ditching locally elected [...]

How Police Became Part of Public Schools And How To Get Them Out

By GS Potter, www.truth-out.org -

By GS Potter for Truthout - Charges have yet to be brought against Ben Fields, the white police officer in South Carolina who slammed a 16-year-old Black student to the floor of her classroom at [...]

Baltimore: Community Fights To Keep Langston Hughes School

By Erica L. Green, www.baltimoresun.com -

A Northwest Baltimore community fighting to save its school — considered an anchor of the neighborhood — has been granted the rare opportunity to plead its case before a state administrative [...]