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How Much of a Difference Does the Number of Kids in a Classroom Make?

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach The Conversation
I’ve studied how schools can boost student achievement for more than two decades and I’ve found that smaller classes are better for students. This is especially the case in the early grades and for students from low-income families.

How to Resolve the Chicago Teachers Strike? Tax the Rich.

Amisha Patel and Nathan Ryan In These Times
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is bringing a holistic approach to bargaining to benefit both their members and students. This means bringing common good demands such as affordable housing and sanctuary schools into the contract negotiations...

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The Return of the Strike

Sarah Jaffe The Progressive
The picketing GM workers and impending Chicago Teachers Union action suggest a dramatic revival of striking as a tactic.

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Chicago Teachers Win First Charter Strike in History

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
In a charter network where 90 percent of the students are Latino, strikers won an agreement to designate all its schools as “sanctuary schools,” off-limits to immigration police.
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