Youth Education

Protesters gather on Capitol Hill as Senate Dems refuse to yield floor for confirmation of Betsy Devos

On the 6th of February, opponents of Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos gathered in Upper Senate Park. Inside, the Senate was split 50-50, meaning Mike Pence would get to cast the time-breaker favoring confirmation and the GOP kept the Senate in session. vowing to continue night and day. In the end, VP Mike Pence rammed the nomination through with his tiebreaker vote.

speaker on behalf of Transgender students says Betsy Devos "has not done her homework"

Chomsky at MIT: Between the war scientists and the anti-war students, by Chris Knight

<p> It is now fifty years since Noam Chomsky published his celebrated article, <a href=''>'The Responsibility of Intellectuals'</a>. Few other writings had a greater impact on the turbulent political atmosphere on US campuses in the 1960s.

Police confront student picket at MIT, November 1969

U-MD students walk out for protection of students in marginalized groups

On the 17th of November, the recent wave of student walkouts continued with the #ProtectUMD walkout at University of MD. Although not billed as an anti-Trump walkout, students are demanding that members of marginalized groups such as African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and GLBT students be protected from discrimination and hate crimes. That is in direct contravention to the Trump agenda of white nationalism.

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Photo of rally by Joshua Hall

U-MD students walk out

Evaluating School Reform in the District of Columbia

The National Research Council Makes Its Report, Finally

It feels like forever that DC Public Schools have been known as one of the worst (if not the worst) public school systems in the nation. Low test scores and high dropout rates back up the perception. Twenty years ago, DC School Reform Act of 1995 (a gift from Congress, not a District initiative) gave us charter schools. Many Washingtonians with an investment in the school system (i.e. parents, students, teachers, etc. ) believed that this was the answer. But after ten years, the numbers hadn’t improved—not in the new charters or in the traditional public schools.

Bad Ass Teachers Assn rally demands end to corporate school "reform" agenda

On the 28th of July, the Bad Ass Teachers Association staged a rally of hundreds of teachers, students, and supporters in front of the Dept of Education. They demanded nothing less than an end to high stakes standardized testing, an end to charters schools and privatization, and an end to the sale of student data to corporations.
Video featuring Newark Student Union members who occupied and shut down a school board meeting over the so-called school reform agenda

Re: Thousands march on API to "Stop the Frack Attack"

OK, some of the options on "Filtered HTML" were turned off. Those are back on now, and a test is in "unpublished content". It should be possible to re-edit this article with formatting (rich text, WYSIWYG) now. There is an option to set that up by configuring "Filtered HTML" in admin/site configuration/WYSIWYG profiles. At present though there are more formatting options than the html filter will actually permit, such as underscore.

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