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Resistance and Devotedness: Learning Democracy Under Pressure

Kitti Baracsi Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Resistance by a school community, albeit sometimes fleeting, and devotedness, can change children's education. And what better way could there be of learning democratic resistance than local initiatives adopting a solidarity-based approach?

How Bloomberg Trashed Public Education in New York

Jake Jacobs The Progressive
I’m an art teacher. Mike’s policies gutted my school. During those years, I was lucky to have enough copy paper for my students to draw on. Bloomberg’s harmful education policies are today being papered over as his money cascades through the media.

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Serfs of Academe

Charles Petersen The New York Review of Books
The plight of academic adjuncts, those Ph.D's working full-time at low wages, no benefits and little job security, viewed not just as prototypical exploited gig workers and units of flexibility but also as an advanced contingent of union activists.

Du Bois and the Jefferson School of Social Science

Denise Lynn Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, Research, Politics
At the Jefferson School students were expected to study Marxism and to take that education into the street in mass actions including protests, and political organizing. This mission resonated with Du Bois’ goal to create inter-racial solidarity.

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Almost Half of All Americans Work in Low-Wage Jobs

BY Aimeea Picchi CBS News
Even though the economy is adding more jobs, there's increasing evidence that many of those new positions don't offer the kind of wages and benefits required to get ahead. Americans are working but aren't earning enough to gain economic stability.

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.
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