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Today in black history: Harold Washington won the mayoral primary in Chicago

In 1983, Washington won the Democratic mayoral primary and later was elected the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.

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Public education under attack, say Michigan school superintendents

Republicans are shamefully using the lame duck legislative session to ram through extremist legislation to overhaul public education in radical and dangerous ways.

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Today in history: 200,000 students boycotted Chicago public schools

On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.

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Students, teachers protest university privatization, tuition hikes

A new coalition at the University of Oregon rallied and marched Oct. 3 against rising tuition and plans to privatize governance of the university.

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Parents and students back Chicago teachers

Hundreds of parents and students demonstrated their solidarity with striking Chicago teachers in rallies across the city Sept.18.

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Chicago teachers to vote Sunday on ending strike

CHICAGO- Teachers here will vote on Sunday, Sept. 16, whether to continue or end the weeklong strike. Some 800 elected union delegates met today and decided they needed to see - in writing - more details on the framework hammered out by negotiators.

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In Chicago, a movement is born to reclaim public education

Parents, students and community groups, whose pent up outrage at school privatization dictated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been unleashed by the strike, joined teachers on the picket lines.

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Should kids go to jail for skipping school?

"What is the responsibility of the school? If they have a 50 percent failure rate, it should indicate something is wrong."

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Community rallies to save San Francisco City College

A broad coalition of city residents and leaders is launching a campaign to assure the future of the 90,000-student City College, beleaguered by years of budget cuts.

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Activists applaud Obama, renew push for DREAM Act

Undocumented young people - the DREAMers - see the president's move as a result of their more than two years of organizing.

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