Education Reform

Teaching Is Not a Business – NYTimes.com
Teaching Is Not a Business – NYTimes.com

TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative

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Common Core

Mixed Bag for N.Y. State Students in Second Year of Common-Core Tests – State EdWatch – Education Week
Mixed Bag for N.Y. State Students in Second Year of Common-Core Tests – State EdWatch – Education Week

New York state students in grades 3-8 improved their performance in math in their second year of taking tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards, according to results released Thursday. But their performance in English/language arts was virtually flat, and significant achievement gaps between racial and economic subgroups persisted.From

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Social Justice

RED HOOK, N.Y. — In the early stage of the harvest season, Antonio, a farmworker in his 50s, picked peas from daybreak until sundown, 14 hours a day, six days a week, with an hour off each day for lunch. “I’m tired,” he said, speaking through an interpreter. “Right now

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Political Action

Cuomo speaks at Democrats’ fundraiser in Holbrook; protesters outside attack Common Core, school tax cap – Newsday
Cuomo speaks at Democrats’ fundraiser in Holbrook; protesters outside attack Common Core, school tax cap – Newsday

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo headlined the Suffolk Democrats’ spring dinner Monday night, which drew a record crowd of 550 inside Villa Lombardi’s. But outside the Holbrook catering hall, more than 2,000 chanting, placard-carrying protesters attacked the governor’s stands on everything from the Common Core academic standards and gun rights to

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Labor/Union Movement

They’re Evadin’ It: Feds Say McDonald’s Is Responsible for Labor Practices
They’re Evadin’ It: Feds Say McDonald’s Is Responsible for Labor Practices

McDonald’s can’t evade unfair-labor-practice charges by claiming that the workers who complain are actually employed by its franchises, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel declared July 29. The NLRB informed its more than 40 regional offices that they can consider McDonald’s and its franchisees to be “joint employers” when

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