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NYSUT LGBTQ – Ready to Rock for Our Members! by Debra Rothar

On November 3, 2017, NYSUT hosted its LGBTQ Committee in Latham, New York.  I had the privilege to attend this event, which focused on education, organization, and mobilization around the needs and priorities of the LGBTQ community in the Great New York Education Community.  Educators, advocates, and and community activists met to discuss issues that [...]

NYSUT LGBTQ – Ready to Rock for Our Members! by Debra Rothar 2018-01-14T07:34:39+00:00

Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers

Democracy is in crisis across the globe. For years, polling in the United States and Europe has suggested an alarming rise in the number of young people who believe democracy is a bad way to run a society.1 Democracy is in retreat in Russia, Hungary, India, Venezuela, and the Philippines. And in November, the unthinkable happened, [...]

Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers 2017-10-15T07:29:03+00:00

6 ways Medicaid cuts under GOP health care overhaul could impact schools | PBS NewsHour

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans [...]

6 ways Medicaid cuts under GOP health care overhaul could impact schools | PBS NewsHour 2017-10-15T11:00:16+00:00

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign

In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s willingness to let them use religious freedom [...]

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign 2017-10-15T07:29:03+00:00

AFT’s Weingarten on Betsy DeVos’ Scrapping of Student Loan Borrower Protections | American Federation of Teachers

“Secretary DeVos—with the stroke of a pen—has reinstated the Wild West of student loans where servicers get to play by their own rules, and borrowers get fleeced. Her decision rescinds the most basic protections student debtors have when dealing with servicers, like expecting their bills to be accurate and their payments to be processed on [...]

AFT’s Weingarten on Betsy DeVos’ Scrapping of Student Loan Borrower Protections | American Federation of Teachers 2017-10-15T07:40:37+00:00

Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium

Betsy Devos — our nation’s secretary of education — needs a history lesson. As the esteemed presidents of more than 60 historically black colleges and universities gathered at the White House, she praised HBCUs as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” She must have forgotten — or she never knew — that Jim Crow laws prohibited black people from attending white [...]

Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium 2017-10-15T07:29:04+00:00

Consumer Reports Tackles Student Debt and Offers Help

"I feel I kind of ruined my life by going to college."That's just one of the revealing reactions to student debt recently published in a mix of statistics, personal stories and tools to help individuals manage their student loans. The package comes from Consumer Reports, the magazine of the Consumers Union that typically advises readers on [...]

Consumer Reports Tackles Student Debt and Offers Help 2017-10-15T07:29:04+00:00

Reining in Wall Street to Benefit All Americans

There has been considerable interest in financial transactions taxes (FTTs) in the United States and other wealthy countries in the years since the financial crisis. An FTT can be a way to both raise a large amount of revenue and also rein in the financial sector. This report examines the evidence on the potential for [...]

Reining in Wall Street to Benefit All Americans 2017-10-15T07:41:06+00:00

Protecting Workers in a Patchwork Economy

Work, once a matter of years of commitment to a single trade, career track, or even one employer, has in recent years undergone a radical transformation. From measuring work in units of decades, all pointed toward an engraved watch at retirement, we have swung far in the other direction, toward a world in which work [...]

Protecting Workers in a Patchwork Economy 2017-10-15T07:41:21+00:00

How we tackle retirement insecurity — Medium

Retirement insecurity is the new normal in America. And it’s a direct result of the shameful economic imbalance in the United States that is manifest in inadequate, stagnant wages and dwindling assets for the many, and skyrocketing assets for the elite few. When our economy crashed and Americans lost their jobs, their homes and their [...]

How we tackle retirement insecurity — Medium 2017-10-15T07:41:32+00:00