"Telling teachers that they might lose their health insurance if they unionize is not living honestly."
Langston Hughes elementary is not only an oasis for the 178 children who attend, but also serves as a venue for numerous after school and community activities.
Thousands of union school workers in 60 districts across Washington are staging a "rolling one-day walkout" to protest the Republican-controlled State Senate's refusal to fully fund public schools.
Art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking strangers to help oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office.
News stories have documented the ravaging of the district's finances by local banks and out-of-town educational consulting companies.
Nearly every metropolitan area these days has its own wealthy promoters of education "reform." Few areas, however, have as concentrated a group as Silicon Valley.
Released in 2010, "The New Jim Crow" outlines the use of the justice system in the United States as a form of racial control that especially impacts young African American males.
On a near perfect summer evening here, July 31, about 75 parents along with a number of students filled the Simeon Career and Technical Education auditorium.
The meeting came on the heels of the announcement that CPS was cutting over $50 million from neighborhood schools and diverting it to politically connected charter school.
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.