The AFT convention has a blunt message for Education Secretary Arne Duncan: You flunk the test of helping the nation's schools and kids, so leave.
Hundreds of students spontaneously, and without permission, left their schools at high noon and marched peacefully to the Camden School District headquarters where they met in protest.
The chants of advocates for affordable housing, the Dream Act, anti-fracking and more echoed throughout the Albany Capitol as protesters packed the staircase and halls leading to Governor Cuomo's office.
The reports suggested that the funding would likely come from reductions elsewhere in the state budget rather than from new revenue.
After hearing two days of arguments, Judge Karnow noted that the "consequences would be catastrophic" if the ACCJC were allowed to finish the disaccreditation process.
The "polarization and anger" running through U.S. society, as a result of the collapse of the American Dream, "is playing out in the schools as well."
A deputy immobilized a Texas high school student on school grounds with a stun gun, leaving him hospitalized and in a coma. A coalition is asking to end use of "less-than-lethal weapons" in school districts statewide.
Weingarten was one of several panelists who challenged the prevailing mythology about schools, including the teach-to-the-test goals the right wing has imposed on U.S. schools.
Philadelphia's families, teachers unions and other school worker unions as well as students have responded with a rousing "Hell no, our schools are not for sale."
Hundreds of students, parents and community activists joined a rally and march Aug. 28 supporting a one-day Chicago school boycott to protest the destruction of public education.