Opinion

No Child Left Behinds reading program marked failure

A key education program created under George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act has failed to produce results, according to a recent study by the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The study concluded that there was no difference in the reading comprehension scores between students who participated in the Reading First program and those who did not.

At Bush-Calderon-Harper summit Security, prosperity for whom?

Last month’s summit in New Orleans brought together President Bush, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, all right wingers, for the fourth meeting of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of the Americas (SPP), which is a tri-national grouping designed to coordinate strategy to create a corporate friendly atmosphere.

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Blogging from India #9 People's Theater goes right to the workers of Delhi

DELHI, India — Some evenings you will see a small jeep driving around this city full of a half dozen amateur actors and actresses dedicated to the education and rights of the working class.

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Blogging from India #7 Meet the Communist governor of West Bengal

COIMBATORE, India — West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is a leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and attended the party's 19th Congress here in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Blogging from India #6 Cotton mills of Tirupur

TIRUPUR, India — Just a few miles from Coimbatore is the heart of the textile and garment industry in India, the city of Tirupur. The city has gone from the heartbeat of the industry for the country's domestic markets to now a global knitwear giant exporting many ready-made products worldwide.

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Blogging from India

HYDERABAD, India — As I arrived at the Begumpet airport here, part of a two-person delegation of the Communist Party USA, we were greeted by a delegation of bank workers and members of their union.

Chicago students march against gun violence

Turning grief and shock to anger and action, hundreds of Chicago high school students, teachers, administrators, parents and elected officials rallied here April 1 against the crisis of gun violence plaguing the city. The rally was called in response to the shooting death of the 21st student this school year in the public school system

Economic outlook is dim unless workers have a say

While some may take “what-goes-around-comes-around” satisfaction at the ruin facing Bear Stearns and other Wall Street investment firms, a financial meltdown could result in a freezing up of credit and growth for everyone. What happens on Wall Street might mean real hard times on Main Street. It could take a decade to recover.

Blogging from India #4 Communist Party of India vows fight on food prices

HYDERABAD, India — The Communist Party of India began its five-day congress here March 23 in a pouring rain unusual for the season and this area which mostly does not get enough. But the rain nourished the fighting spirit of Communists and their supporters.

Blogging from India #3 The larger context of Pelosis visit to India

HYDERABAD, India — When newspapers here reported a visit to India by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), eyebrows were raised. Pelosi, the first woman to hold the position of House speaker, is known in the U.S. as a common-sense progressive on many important issues. For example, she has opposed the Iraq war from the start.

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