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At the Wage Floor: Covering Homecare and Early Care and Education Workers in the New Generation of Minimum Wage Laws

Sarah Thomason, Lea Austin, Annette Bernhardt, Laura Dresser, Ken Jacobs and Marcy Whitebook UC Berkeley Labor Center
woman teaching and woman in kitchen preparing food This paper focuses on an important subset of workers who provide homecare and early care and education services to the very young, people with disabilities, and those who are frail due to age or illness. We explain the need to raise these workers’ wages and the unique structure of their industries.

Books: Changing the Ed Reform Narrative

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent, Issue # 199
A review of two important new books that tell a different story about what teachers do, what parents want and what children need.

Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California

Jennifer Medina The New York Times
The decision, which was enthusiastically endorsed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, brings a close to the first chapter of the case, Vergara v. California, in which a group of student plaintiffs backed by a Silicon Valley millionaire argued that state tenure laws had deprived them of a decent education by leaving bad teachers in place.

New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

The Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
“In the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York State has consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation--no Southern state comes close to New York,” commented CRP Co-Director Gary Orfield. “Decades of reforms ignoring this issue produced strategies that have not succeeded in making segregated schools equal."

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Downton and Downward

Timothy Egan The New York Times
Is the U.S. a less upwardly mobile society than Britain a century ago?
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